Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) Green Vein Wild harvested from Borneo Island. Kratom is a member of the Coffee tree family. This plant contains many of the same alkaloids found in Chocolate and a series of alkaloids that effect the human opioid receptors.
01-20-2012 Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
Frankincense is prized for its essential oils which are believed to be medicinal and energetic. Clinical aromatherapy uses Frankincense often, following the belief that its beneficial for skin diseases, respiratory and urinary tract infections, rheumatism, and even syphilis.
Anise is known in North America for its use with colic and rheumatism. The seeds of the plant are also well known to be very beneficial for digestive health, treating digestive disorder and ensuring proper functioning of the digestive system. It's also reported that common ailments such as nausea, pain in abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, gastritis and spasmodic flatulence as well.
The strong scent coems from the essential oils that are mostly trans-anethole. Anethole makes up 90% of the oil and acts as a digestive aid which is used as a treatment for upset stomach. This oil also may reduce flatulence. Other studies mention the herbs therapeutic phytochemicals, cresol and alpha-pinene, that loosen bronchial secretions and make them easier to release.
Many people are unaware that these natural remedies contain pharmacological phytochemicals. When it comes to understanding medicine and health, these microscopic wonders have led to breakthroughs. For example, aspirin was created thanks to White Willow Bark for even existing one, and a drug manufacturing company, that I forget the name of. According to wikipedia.org(referenced further on the page to original source), "Aspirin was first isolated by Felix Hoffmann, a chemist with the German company Bayer in 1897." So the answer to the question "what came first, the plant or the pill?", is the plant.
The information being presented here gives us a great glimpse into the amazing wonders of natural substances. The idea that these tiny seeds hold a certain amount of pharmacological power is in fact remarkable. From my understanding, through all information on this matter that I have ever encountered regarding foods and herbs of the earth, we should only expand our open-mindedness towards these studies.
Aside from medicine in both simple or advanced forms( modern or holistic/herbal), the study of natural compounds, like vitamins, and others found in herbs, could possibly teach us a great deal about our health, functioning and well-being. Becoming even more knowledgable could lead to further breakthroughs. While I may know a little more than many, there is still so much more for me to know as I know very little. The study of herbals, and the science behind what's inside of them for medicial research would be some cool stuff to study in school. If it's up your alley, take it up. The world needs more discoveries for good, in my eyes.
Another Point Of View
If nature provides so many compounds we have discovered to be medicinal, then we should embrace and learn from such phenominom. There is literally an entire world of potential and actual medicine's around us. What I am saying is that many plants contain compounds that act as medicine or can be utilized as such. There are obviously poisons out there as well, in many wild plants.
As a society we should never turn our back on the miraculous gifts of medicine and pharmacological breakthroughs, whether modern or ancient treatments. Imagine if we just combined the modern scientific studies with the ancient natural methods of treatment. Imagine if we could let go of all bias and choose between the better of the two worlds when necessary. Also, think of the possibilities if we considered further exploration instead of limitations on explorations.
From what I understand, based on a wide range of information, we use a lot of things that are toxic and harmful to the environment that are not even necessary. A good example is just about any diswashing soap. These things are toxic really because they could poison someone if consumed. From what I gather, there are safer alternative for us to use in products designed for common activities that are better for us and our environment. What's better for our environment is better for us, or is it not? Remember that "alternative" anything is not new. The knowledge of "alternative" ways of life is ancient, dating back further than you can imagine.
From my understanding, many of todays modern studies are finally proving what ancient civilizations already believed to know, without the science or modern research to back those beliefs up. How hard is it for us to believe things that are so obvious? While conclusions may seem obvious, it is still wise to investigate. Further light on any matter can only lead to a better understanding when questions remain.
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