10 Best Healing Herbs

By Nancy Kalish
Signs of the Times

New science shows these herbal power-healers can ease pain, prevent Alzheimer’s, and ward off cancer and heart disease. Try 3 natural wonders you haven’t heard of yet.

Your arsenal of home remedies is about to get a lot spicier. Though herbs have been used for hundreds of years to heal, scientists are finally starting to substantiate these plants’ abilities to alleviate arthritis pain, reduce high blood sugar and cholesterol, and help with many other conditions. They’re even discovering amazing new powers in some herbs, such as the ability to kill cancer cells and help problem drinkers curb their alcohol intake.

“Herbs and other natural remedies can be as effective as traditional treatments, often without the same negative side effects,” says Roberta Lee, MD, medical director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. So here are 10 superhealers you’ll want to add to the all-natural section of your medicine cabinet – and even to your favorite recipes! Folding one or two of them into your cooking every day can yield big benefits.

Turmeric: Ease arthritis

A heaping helping of curry could relieve your pain. That’s because turmeric, a spice used in curry, contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory that works similarly to Cox-2 inhibitors, drugs that reduce the Cox-2 enzyme that causes the pain and swelling of arthritis, says Lee.

It might also: Prevent colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a small 2006 clinical trial conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, curcumin can help shrink precancerous lesions known as colon polyps, when taken with a small amount of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in onions, apples, and cabbage. The average number of polyps dropped more than 60% and those that remained shrank by more than 50%. In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers at UCLA also found that curcumin helps clear the brain of the plaques that are characteristic of the disease.

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12 responses to “10 Best Healing Herbs

  1. Great article. Thanks!

    BTW, did you know that St. John’s Wort can also be used topically for healing scars with nerve damage? It’s not just good for “nerves” (as in anxiety); it’s also good for healing nerves.

    Susan Lynn Peterson
    author Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes

  2. Great article! Knew about most of them, but the last three were new to me…the anti-kudzu people should be happy 🙂

  3. All great herbs thank you so much Nancy. Here are a few more herbs like those, Cayenne moves the blood can stop a stroke or heart attack also internal and external bleeding clears the lungs of mucus and I have seen it cure bleeding ulcers many times. Juniper berries top herb for the kidneys. I saw just plain juniper berries cure a nurse of a kidney infection that was so bad she had experienced renal failure more then once. She used Juniper berries and her infection of 8 years was cured she went on to become a Naturopathic Doctor from that experience. Hawthorne berries top herb for heart disease proven to protect and heal the heart. All of these herbs have been proven by science to work just as I just said. But of course do not tell the AMA and the FDA this truth, they do not like anyone putting together herbs and the scientific research that proves they work. That’s why they are trying to shove SB 3767 through the Senate so they can put people like Nancy and me who tell the truth about herbs and supplements behind bars to shut us up. Paul

  4. the following seems odd… and mis-informative”Several animal studies back holy basil, a special variety of the plant you use in your pesto sauce, as effective at reducing stress by increasing adrenaline and noradrenaline and decreasing serotonin.”

  5. Good information. However, I find it incredibly sad that if you are taking drugs – these basically safe products may not interact very well with the drugs you may be taking. Funny, but I believe it is the drugs which are unsafe. I am lucky – have no need to check with the doctor because I DON’T TAKE ANY DRUGS. Hope that will never change as well as so far not needing to see a doctor at all.

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  7. charmaine calvert

    Thanks for a great article and comments by other readers.

  8. charmaine calvert

    P.S. Paul…in what form did she use the juniper berries? My mum struggles with bladder and kindey infections, especially if she drinks ANY coffee.

  9. charmaine calvert

    errrrrr kidney :o)

  10. Hi Charmaine,
    I advised the nurse to chew and swallow six whole berries. Morning, noon and supper time. A good juniper berry is usually dark purple, soft like a raisin and a little bit crunchy in the center (never completely dry). The taste is a little bit like pine and slightly sweet. She should give her kidney’s a brake from the coffee and soda and drink lots of water. It is to bad that coffee is such a problem over the long haul but it is. The biggest problem with coffee is the tannic acid which they use in the leather tanning industry to tan leather. And after years of drinking coffee that is exactly what it does to your internal organs. Given enough time and it will make a foot ball out of your stomach and intestines while killing your kidneys. Ok to drink it from time to time as a treat or to help stay awake for a good reason but never every day as part of your liquid intake. Herbalists have found that coffee is best used in an enema never as a daily drink.


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