Before starting the harvesting of medicinal plants . we must learn to recognize them. Books that contained drawings of plants and their descriptions. Relevant information can be obtained at the pharmacy.
About where and when to collect medicinal plants, there are many beliefs and traditions. Some of them based on centuries-old folk experience and have a rational basis. For example, according to the Lithuanian folk traditions, are encouraged to collect medicinal plants where not hear the cry of the cock, that is away from populated areas.
Indeed, it is not necessary to collect medicinal plants near their houses, in parks and city squares, on roadsides, on agricultural land, subject to the application of pesticides and herbicides. Plants in such places, dusty, dirty. In grasses, growing along the ditches of the highways and the rail road bed is usually elevated concentrations of lead, zinc, sulfur and many microelements, so collect them here. Unfit for these purposes and grasses affected by diseases and pests.
To medicinal raw materials effectively, it is important to observe the timing of its collection.
You should not focus only on the calendar date, materiaaleista usually in the manuals. Often they do not coincide with the optimum for collecting the phases of plant development depending on geographical area, soil and climatic condition-
conditions of terrain, meteorological peculiarities of the season of harvesting and other factors. Therefore more correctly to determine the time of collection of certain plants by the phases of their development. Most herbs, for example, collect at the time of flowering, when the stems, leaves, flowers accumulating the highest number of active ingredients. Continue reading
Considerable attention is given the treatment of Chinese medicine, which have reached our days almost in its original form. Traditional methods of Chinese folk medicine — the impact on the human body through the system of Wu Shu, qigong, acupuncture, massages, moxibustion — has not lost its value and now.
The principles and foundations of Chinese medicine.
The highest development of folk medicine has achieved in China. Chinese medicine originated in ancient times (5000 years ago).
Having learned the first principle of the relationship between certain phenomena of nature and man, the ancient Chinese doctors believed that the human body operates and lives under the influence of the same forces that prevail in nature.
It was believed that during the painful process necessarily involves the entire human body, and when there are changes in the individual body necessarily leads to changes in others. The doctors back then felt that the organism is not isolated systems, they all work harmoniously, and therefore “the healthy man is not only the one that hurts, but one in which spirit and body are in harmony. A happy person is a healthy person”.
According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, the normal functioning of the body corresponds to ravnovesiem processes of Yin and Yang, the loss of such balance and having the disease, and the disease is seen not only as a process of violation of the relationship inside the body, but also between the environment and organism.
So, it is a core tenet of traditional Chinese medicine is this: Continue reading
Medicinal plants in folk medicine used fresh, but most often they are pre-dried. Drying plants helps them to keep and use for example in winter, thereby preserving the therapeutic properties. They are used both internally and externally. The use of medicinal plants most cases, one plant is used, but also mixtures thereof. The beneficial effect of the mixture is due to complex action on the human body chemical component parts of various plants.
Medicinal plants are used in the form of various dosage forms and drugs. In pharmaceutical factories, chemical laboratories and pharmacies from the collected raw produce herbal and chemical drugs.
By natural drugs include extracts, or extracts (aqueous, alcoholic, aqueous-alcoholic, etheric, spartaeinae).
The extracts are extracted from raw materials of active ingredients are in a more concentrated form; the alcoholic tincture, aqueous-alcoholic, etheric, spitefire. In tinctures active ingredients are in a dissolved form. Extracts and tinctures have the smell and taste of the plants from which they are prepared.
Chemicals poluchaut plants by complex chemical processing. They contain active ingredients in a pure form, freed from all kinds of side impurities, including harmful. Chemical medications contain certain types of alkaloids and glycosides, and not mixtures thereof.
The use of medicinal plants in folk medicine widely as external means. For external use use more strong infusions and decoctions of various parts of plants. They usually are applied for washing, bath salts, lotions, compresses. Continue reading