With more people seeking herbal and natural alternatives in their lifestyle, traditional medicine has rapidly gained popularity over the past few years. But what exactly is traditional medicine?
Traditional medicine involves healing practices that have been used for thousands of years, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Indian Ayurveda practices and on our home front, Malay products such as jamu.
Today, traditional medicine has created a space for itself and is often used to supplement and support modern medicine and science. But first, let's take a closer look at the differences between modern medicine and traditional medicine.
Modern medicine can offer a quick solution for your ailment, for example, painkillers work quickly to relieve headaches and antibiotics effectively kill off an infection.
However, these drugs often have side effects, especially when they are taken over the long term, and this can lead to more issues in addition to your original complaint. If you read the precautions for any drug, you may see a list of possible unwanted side effects such as dizziness, headaches, skin rashes and so on.
On the other hand, traditional medicine is generally known for fewer side effects. In fact, since these herbs contain thousands of beneficial compounds, they can help to improve your overall wellbeing, rather than only treating certain symptoms. Two ingredients that are often utilised for their powerful health benefits are turmeric and licorice.
(a) Turmeric - An anti-inflammatory powerhouse
Turmeric is a herb that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic practices for its medicinal properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and it not only contains anti-ageing antioxidants, but also strongly reduces inflammation in the body.
Curcumin is also widely used to treat symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose and congestion. In fact, curcumin has even been found to be as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs.
(b) Soothe and protect your gut with Licorice
Licorice is another important herb that has traditionally been used to treat a variety of ailments from heartburn, coughs, infections, to skin conditions like eczema. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, which is also called glycyrrhizic acid.
Licorice and its root are thought to decrease cough and has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the stomach lining and treat stomach ulcers. And if you’re always stressed, licorice is great for you as it also helps to regulate the stress hormone cortisol.
Boost your immune system with Acerola Cherries
While Acerola cherries is not a herb, it is an all-natural superfood that is bursting with great benefits for your health. The benefits are mostly from its extraordinary richness in Vitamin C. In fact, it contains more vitamin C than oranges and strawberries.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to prevent damage from free radicals. It is also crucial for the proper functioning of your immune system and helps the body fight bacterial and viral infections. If you have a weak immune system, your upper respiratory tract can easily be affected causing breathing difficulties.
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