Can Nature Heal
Posted: April 28, 2015
With the weather hopefully about to hot up as we head into the spring and summer months, it means the return of the dreaded seasonal allergies associated with hayfever. Recently rather than turning to over the counter medicines I have been exploring the ideas of more natural and gentle remedies to help alleviate my hayfever symptoms. One popular remedy that I have considered introducing is local honey into my diet. The idea being that by eating local honey means that the local bees pollen is already in your system, which eventually prevents an immune response.
Another natural remedy for hayfever, which I have yet to try, is applying a balm or Vaseline around the inside of your nostrils to trap the pollen before it enters your nose. Also, onions are good as they contain high levels of quercetin, which can help ward off the symptoms of hayfever.
I’m willing to try anything reduce the impact of pollen on my sinuses and eyes, but this got me thinking…do natural and homeopathic remedies actually work?
The use of natural remedies has been implemented for centuries, way before any advances in medical science and can be traced back to the Egyptian era. There are a lot of medications available on prescription that are based on many inexpensive vitamins, herbs, fish oils and minerals.!
Many ingredients and natural occurring products have been shown to remedy a whole range of ailments:
- Vinegar – regulates your appetite
- Green tea – full of antioxidants that are associated with the prevention of cancer
- Fish oil – improvement in the appearance of the skin and improves the joints and heart
- Ginseng – increases blood flow
- Turmeric- anti-inflammatory properties
- Lemons – full of vitamin C which forms collagen
Instead of ingesting potentially toxic medications, natural remedies are viewed as a less harmful way to treat illnesses. This also means that only one type of treatment is required to treat both adults and children as opposed to two which is typical of prescription medications.
Of course, natural remedies are not for everyone. Some people will not even consider them as a form of medicine. There are many that believe that the ability of natural remedies is all down to having faith in the method and that any symptomatic relief is all in the mind. If you really believe that something is working then it usually does.
Is it really all in the mind like most cynics would like to believe?
As a scientific researcher by trade, the scientific side of me is often drawn to the use of medicines. I’m very much aware of the effects that certain drugs can have in acute and isolated situations in the lab. On the other hand, I would rather not pump my body full of drugs and have them not to be my first point of call when I am ill. I very much believe that nature is bursting with healthy vitamins and minerals that can aid us to be less predisposed to certain diseases. Eating a healthy and balanced diet always makes me feel great!!
Can nature and medicine function together?
In my mind, yes I think they can go together hand in hand-one perhaps could help the other. Nature can equip us with everything that is good, but sometimes it may need a helping hand, something more powerful that only medicine can provide.
*Natural remedies should not be used as a replacement for your doctors care. If you do have a medical enquiry then please contact your doctor.*