Deadly power of healing herbs
Having gone through many medical offices, having sold a dozen hospital beds, swallowed more than one hundred tablets and not having received the desired recovery, many turn to nature for help. They subtract in the book or get from friends-friends the recipe for the “surest remedy” for their illness and go to the forest for herbs.
Usually, townspeople suffering from ailments and a passion for herbal medicine do not leave further than 10 kilometers from the house. And they are not aware that the place of collection of medicinal plants should be removed at least 50 km from large cities, 30 km from industrial enterprises and 5 km from highways. Plants collected in a city square, on roadsides, or on fields treated with chemical fertilizers may not be a medicine, but poison, since many of them have the ability to absorb and accumulate harmful substances in the air.It is even more dangerous to collect plants without really knowing what they look like. Pictures in books and descriptions of them in this matter are bad helpers. It is necessary that one of the knowledgeable people necessarily showed the novice collector the healing grass “alive.” Mistaking a plant for another, you can pay for such a mistake with life. If, for example, you collect celandine instead of St. John’s wort and start drinking gulls brewed from it to raise your tone, a fatal outcome is possible. Often a man exhausted by an illness, clutching at the weed like a man drowning in a straw, does not attach any significance to what part of the plant he needs. He puts both leaves, stems, and flowers in one bag, and he can even pull out the root – just in case: they say it will not be worse. It is possible that it will be just worse. Take the same celandine. The healing power of this plant lies in its leafy tops, harvested during the flowering period. If you tear out the celandine with the root and dry it directly with the root, using subsequently for the preparation of decoctions and infusions, then you can very easily get poisoned. Even with the proper collection and preparation of medicinal plants, you should not rely on your own knowledge, deciding which herbs and in what proportion to mix, when and in what quantity to take them. Any wrong step in this direction will at best reduce herbal medicine to zero, at worst it will do harm. According to the doctor-phytotherapist Vladimir FILIMONOV, before proceeding with herbal treatment, it is necessary to consult an experienced specialist who can not only give competent recommendations for the treatment of the underlying disease, but also take into account concomitant diseases. For example, nettle, knotweed, yarrow, which have an antiulcer effect, simultaneously increase blood coagulability.
This means that ulcers that have suffered a stroke or suffer from thrombophlebitis of the lower extremities should be used with great caution. Their immoderate unsystematic use can activate the process of thrombosis up to the complete blockage of arteries, which often leads to death or disability. It is also worthwhile to undergo a thorough diagnostic examination before a course of herbal medicine. If, say, a person suffers from urolithiasis, he must know what size stones he has and where they are localized. With sufficiently large stones, treatment of urolithiasis with herbs having a diuretic effect is contraindicated. Stones that have moved from their places and headed toward the exit can clog the main bile duct, jaundice will begin in a person, and there is no way to do without surgery. Many plants sometimes cause allergic reactions. For external use – in the form of redness of the skin, the appearance of a rash, blisters, swelling and swelling. With internal – swelling of the larynx develops, breathing is difficult, the temperature rises. To avoid these undesirable consequences, you can not immediately take this or that medicinal plant in the prescribed dose inside or apply it on large areas of the skin. First you need to check how the body will respond to it. To do this, as Vladimir Filimonov recommends, you need to prepare a little infusion or decoction from the weed and grease the elbow bends with it. If the plant is intended for further internal use, then in the absence of an allergic reaction, you can drink a small amount of the prepared infusion or decoction within 30 minutes. After 2 hours, in case of a favorable outcome, repeat the procedure. By the end of the second day after the start of the test, the body will give an answer whether this herb is suitable for you or not. In the same way, it is necessary to check every plant that is part of a multicomponent medical collection. That plant that will cause an allergic reaction of the body will have to be excluded from the collection and checked in the same way the entire collection in its stripped-down composition. When checking herbs for suitability for further use, it is advisable to have medications on hand that can quickly neutralize the allergic reaction that has arisen: tavegil, suprastin, suprastin ointment, diphenhydramine.