Herbal Extracts and Hormones


Herbs are found everywhere, and hormones are a natural product of
everyone\'s body. The production of hormones increases and decreases with the
age and development of the individual. Due to the nature of hormones and the
ongoing research still being done, this article will investigate only two
hormones that are in common use by the everyday person.

Herbs, on the other hand, can be found from California to China and as
far as consumers are concerned, they are now mainstream products that can be
found in supermarkets and drug stores world wide. Healing plants and herbs are
used by over ninety percent of the world\'s people. Mowry, pgs.1-11 In the
United States, with the introduction of herbal capsules and pills, people are
enjoying the benefits of Earth\'s good medicines. The herb industry has been
growing at about thirty percent per year for the past several years. Herbs are
being used in homes, for more than just spicing the sauce or glazing the chicken.
Herbs are being used as an alternative for medications as well. In the coming
years, we may see the introduction of newer and better medicinal herbs as
scientists Mowry pgs. 26-27 continue their search for the cures of all
aches and pains.

In past years, herbs were used for pains and aches. These herbs are
making a comeback because they have fewer side effects than regular medicine.
An example is willow bark Mowry, pgs. 43-49 which is being used instead of
aspirin. Aspirin was made from the active ingredient in willow bark. However,
people are using willow bark instead of aspirin because it does not cause the
stomach to bleed as aspirin does.

Ginkgo is being sold as a leading prescription drug in Germany and most
countries in Europe. Takagi, pgs. 96-101 This herb is growing in usage in
this country as more people age. It has been used in Asia for countless
generations. There is a growing body of evidence, as research continues, that
points to the outstanding effects of the Gingko tree on many age-related
disorders or sicknesses. This herb is reported to increase the ability of the
blood circulation system. It is a powerful medicine for the treatment of
restoring of a person\'s memory. Tagki, pgs. 3-10

A tea made from the Passion Flower or Valerian Root is used to calm a
person or relieve anxiety. These are thousand year old medicines used as
tranquilizers. They have fewer side effects and don\'t damage the body as Valium
or other man made tranquilizers. It is almost impossible to over dose on these
types of nerve calmer. Uphof, pgs. 19-31

The history of medicinal herbs begins long before the start of any large
society. Herb\'s were man\'s first line of fighting against the ills and
accidents that beset mankind. The ancient people learned from instinct and
from watching animals and using leaves, earth, mud and water. These things were
the first medicines. By trial and error, the early humans learned what served
them the best. Several of these early medicines are still used today, but are
more refined and better understood. During the hunt by early man for medical
herbs, the applications or taking of the herb was accompanied by the use of
magic sayings or dances. Today, for most of the technological people of the
Earth, magic is no longer needed. In the world which we live, many of our most
useful drugs are still considered to have originally come into use from early
societies. Some examples of these herbs used as drugs are: Digitalis (for the
heart) from Foxglove, Quinine ( for Malaria) from Peruvian Bark, Cocaine (and
its derivatives) from the Coca Leaf, Atropine ( a stimulant for nerve gas) from
the Belladonna plant, Curare (used in surgery) from the plant Strychnos (also
used for poison arrows) and the new drug Taxol (used in the treatment of Cancer)
from the Pacific Yew Tree. Weiner, pgs. 22-23 There are many others that exist
and are being used by the drug companies to treat many of the ills of people
today.

Technology permits the making of newer and more pure herbal medicines.
Herbs are used and prepared in China in the following forms: slices, powders,
pills, plasters, distillates, pellets, teas and drinks. In the United States,
we can find herbs in the following forms, in the addition to those used in
China: tablets, capsules, fluid extracts, ointments, granules, syrups,
suppositories, sprays, injections and ampules. Weiner, pgs.27-32

In today\'s world, people are too busy to make their own herbal remedies
and generally like clean, odor free, coated pills or gel tablets. There is a
potency and purity