Have you ever asked yourself or given thought as to where the natural medicinals you take daily stems from?
When, where, and who were the founders of medicinals, i.e. natural medicine?
Are we to assume that it’s all modern marvels, or something else? Possibly something as ancient as time itself…
A tremendous amount of today's modern treatments with medicinals, i.e. natural medicine, is as about as modern as the wheel or fire.
Believe it or not
Our ancient ancestors from cultures stretching across the globe have been mixing, creating, and using these medicinal treatments and remedies for thousands of years!
In today’s post, I am not only going to give you a history lesson on Hippocrates, other ancient physicians, and the medical benefits we are now using because of them, but inspirational tips on ancient medicinals you may already be using or should be using as well.
Hippocrates and Other Ancient Physicians
They lived in what was a time of discovery, new-found exploration, and development of mixing plant substances to create a miracle, a remedy, as well as beneficial medical results.
These results are still used today, only in modern, High Tech environments made for a faster distribution.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip and History # 1: Cod Liver Oil
Around 400 BCE, Hippocrates (460 BCE-370 BCE), considered the Father of Western Medicine, changed the minds of people who believed sickness was the payment for wrong-doings of humans and punishment sent by the gods.
He was the first ancient Physician to document the medicinal medical benefit of cod liver oil. Its benefits were first in use to cure:
- Nerve symptoms
Cod liver oil is still medicinally used today as an excellent source of Vitamin A, D, and Omega-3.
Here is a small description of what Cod Liver Oil contains, and what it can possibly assist your body with:
- Immune System
- Lowers inflammation
- Reduces joint pain
- Hormone regulation
- Heart Disease
- Breast Cancer
Hippocrates beginning discoveries of cod liver oil have come a long way into the future, and as you can see, will continue to medicinally, or naturally create wellness for generations to come.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip and History # 2: Aloe Vera
A document dated back to 1550 BCE made by a Native American Healer contains information of the medicinal use of the Aloe vera plant, naming it “The plant of Immortality”.
This plant is made up of 95% water and 5% of enormously high levels of healthy enzymes. Although there is no account of exactly who wrote the document, Native Americans found many uses for it:
The list of uses currently documented for the Aloe vera plant is endless, including the uses the Native Americans discovered many centuries ago.
Nowadays, and thanks to medical technology, the Aloe vera plant is used not only medicinally–there are many ways to benefit from it, including a gel cap pill that can assist in:
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Mild joint inflammation
Please be aware that the Aloe vera pill may be digested but that the Aloe Vera plant is NOT to be digested and can cause serious harm if accidentally consumed. The plant in itself should only be used for topical purposes, such as treating skin irritation or as a burn relief.
If consumption of the plant occurs, call a medical specialist immediately.
Something to think about:
Plants used for medicinals are far safer than processed, synthetic medications.
Because humans have co-evolved with natural plants for millions of years.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip and History # 3: Willow Tree Bark
Both Hippocrates and the Ancient Egyptian physicians agreed that the bark from the willow tree would take away head and body aches.
The Royal Society in London, England, performed a study on willow tree bark in 1763 proving its authenticity.
You will be surprised at who manufactures a product using Willow tree bark today for medical benefits such as:
- Reducing the risk of having a stroke
- The possibility to help in the prevention of cancer
If you are still guessing, it wasn’t until 1915 that the corporation BAYER began to sell willow tree bark in pill form over the counter and it is still suggested by many practicing physicians today.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip and History # 4: Tea
It has been stated for many centuries that the discovery of tea and its medicinal benefits were established over 5,000 years ago by a Chinese Emperor and renowned Herbalist named Shennong Nung, (c. 2737 BCE).
Chinese tea bushes or Camellia Sinensis are cultured in subtropical areas, and as long as there are fertile soil and adequate sunshine, the tea bushes will blossom with many medicinal healing purposes.
In a medical book called “Pen Tsao”, credit was given to Nung on his discovery of tea as well as some of the medicinal uses of tea, such as:
- Ailments of the bladder
- Inflammation of the chest
- Helping people sleep
Today, and thanks to the discovery of Shennong Nung, tea is used not only as a well-known and enjoyed beverage, but, for countless medicinal purposes as well such as:
- Heart Disease
- Lower Cholesterol
- Weight Loss
Keep in mind that tea that is brewed instead of bottled has many more nutrients.
Interesting Historical Fact
A text created around 4,000 years ago and still intact contains information about the uses of medicinal plants. The text was created on a small board made of clay by the Sumerian culture, which resided South of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip and History # 5: Fennel
Charlemagne, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire between 800 and 812 AD, exclaimed that fennel was crucial in every garden because of its healing properties, going as far as passing a law to grow it in every imperial garden.
- Reducing discomfort due to gas
Today, its uses remain the same as the days of Charlemagne, but there has been an exceptional amount of uses added to provide medicinal help. Some of them include:
- Relief for anemia
- Aiding in eye care
- Improving brain function
There are many more uses of this ancient plant that even include hair growth and strength.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip # 6: Arnica
From the beginnings of the 16th century, the Cherokee tribes had healers, medicine men as well as medicine women; herbal medicinal remedies drawn from plants played a key role in their healing practices and provided an amazing number of cures to their own people, which have had a great influence on the medicinal remedies of today.
One of the plants they used for medicinal healing was the arnica plant. Some of its healing advantages included:
- Relieving pain due to muscle aches
- Providing relief in cases of arthritis
Arnica is still used today and can assist in the healing of:
- Arthritic pains
It is important to understand that arnica is not to be consumed internally, as it can end up being fatal.
Medicinal Medical Benefit Tip and History # 7 Mandragora
Greek Physician Dioscorides (c. 40 - 90 AD) created a wine from the Mandragora plant that could induce a heavy sleeping effect, so deep that it took hours for the patient to arise, thus, becoming the very first anesthesia used for surgeries.
Today, the Mandragora plant has a vast use in the medical world. Some of its uses are to be administered in broken down form as a treatment given in cases of heart failure, as well as being used to dilate the pupils for eye exams.
Through time, learning and teaching of how the past becomes the present are not only educational, but inspirational.
The history of plants used for medicinal purposes is a rich proud history made of people, tribes, nations, and physicians who have gone before us and paved the way for the medical and medicinal benefits of plant life that we use today in our lives. With the help of this knowledge, we learn to be a happier, healthier human race.
I am quite sure that through the rest of our time there will be many more medical, medicinal marvels released for public knowledge from the past as well as the present for the education of many generations to acknowledge and learn long after us.
One such substance is Emulin. Using all natural materials…
- grape skin
- onion skin
- green coffee
All of these work together to help humans manage the carbohydrates they ingest.
Learn more about the amazing benefits of Emulin by visiting this link.
Here’s to your health!
Now please share this valuable information with all your family and friends. And have a great day.