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I thought of starting a blog exclusively dedicated for Natural Herbals from Ceylon,

Why Herbals for Health?

Using herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has a long tradition. In Sri Lanka (Ceylon), India and China, these traditions date back thousands of years.

Once thought of as “traditional medicine” used by native or ancient cultures, herbal medicine has emerged as a popular alternative or supplement to modern medicine. According to the World Health Organization, $60 billion are currently spent on herbal remedies globally, and the trend is growing rapidly.”

It is estimated that in the United States alone, botanical dietary supplements exceed $4.5 billion in 2007. Herbal products can be found in grocery stores and on the Web, as well as natural food markets, their traditional source. Sixty-eight percent of Americans take dietary supplements. Herbal remedies are the leading type of alternative therapy for both adults and those under 18. The herbal market is growing steadily at about 20 percent each year, and herbal remedies are being used as alternative therapies for both adults and children. With this increase, however, come many questions.

The term herbs in this fact sheet refers to plants used for oral medicinal purposes, not herbs for cooking. It includes botanicals, herbs, herbals, herbal products, herbal medicines, herbal remedies and herbal supplements.

Why Take Herbs?

People take herbs for many reasons and many conditions. One of the biggest reasons is that herbs are considered natural and therefore healthier and gentler than conventional drugs. (Ironically, many prescription drugs are of herbal origin.) They are used for everything from upset stomachs to headaches. Some people take them for overall health and well-being, not for any specific condition. For others, herbal use is grounded in traditions passed down from generation to generation or recommended by folk healers.

Are Herbs Effective?

Many herbs have health benefits. Research has shown that echinacea cuts the length and symptom severity of colds and that powdered ginger is effective against morning sickness, postoperative nausea and vomiting, and vertigo-related nausea. There is a growing body of well-controlled research studies, but we still do not know all of the short-term and long-term benefits and risks of many herbs, let alone all of their active or beneficial ingredients. More and more studies are being conducted and questions are being answered.

To address this uncertainty, federal law states that herbs cannot claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure a condition or disease. Herbs may carry health-related claims about effects on the “structure or function of the body” or “general well-being” that may result from the product. This definition is very loose and gives rise to misleading health claims. Ultimately, the Consumer is responsible for checking their validity and avoiding products with fraudulent claims. See fact sheet 9.350, Nutrition Quackery

The best prescription for disease prevention is a healthy lifestyle. This includes a diet high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in fat. Physical activity also plays an important role. Finally, there is no data to suggest that herbs are more beneficial than conventional drugs for treating illnesses.

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