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Major Systems of the Body and some appropriate Herbal Treatments

The systems of the human body are complex and interactive. Each body system has its function whilst being dependant on the health and efficiency of all the other body systems.There are certain herbs particularly suited and beneficial to specific organs, systems and functions of the body; most of these herbs also act as successful tonics. Try the gentle application of herbal medicines suggested below to experience the benefits and keep your body working efficiently.

Cardiovascular System:-
The human body systems are a network of miracles. Each body system has its own job to do and yet depends on the health and efficiency of all the other body systems to protect and supply life energy.
There is a large range of herbal remedies available to help strengthen the cardiovascular system –
• Problems:- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor circulation, varicose veins and haemorrhoids
• Suggestions;- Buckwheat, Cayenne, Garlic, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, Hawthorn, Lime Blossom, Yarrow.

Digestive System:-
Some herbal remedies that have been used as a digestive system aid.
• Problems:- flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea and food poisoning, flatulence, constipation, diarrhe
• Suggestions:- Agrimony, Caraway, Chamomile , Cranesbill, Dandelion Root, Gentian, Plantain, Psyllium Seed, Yellow Dock, Peppermint.

The Liver:-
The health of your entire body is absolutely dependent upon the health of your liver. It is responsible for many of your body’s functions such as storing vitamins, minerals and sugars, cleansing and detoxifying your blood, controlling cholesterol levels.
• Problems:- The non-processing of toxins can lead to:- headaches, anxiety/ depression, fatigue, impaired libido, allergies, PMS
• Suggestions:- Artichoke Leaves, Astragalus, Burdock Root, Dandelion root, Nettle leaf, Milk Thistle, Seaweed, Yellowdock.

Musculo/Skeletal System:-
In the Musculo/Skeletal System, particularly with the diseases of rheumatism or arthritis, the body has to be brought back to a state of health and balance. This can be acheived with herbs.
• Problems:- rheumatism, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle cramps, wounds, sprains, bruises, aches and pains,
• Suggestions:- Alfalfa, Almalki, Bogbean, Celery Seed, Comfrey, Horsetail, Nettle, Suma, Red raspberry, Black Mustard, Cayenne, Chickweed, Lavender, Kava, Wormwood, Black Cohosh, Ginger, Dandelion, Devil's Claw, Yucca.

Nervous System:-
The success of herbalism is seen in treating the problems related to the nervous system. The brain is part of the central nervous system, which also includes the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves
• Problems:- Stress, anxiety, tension and depression, cramps
• Suggestions:- Betony, Ginseng, Hops, Mugwort, Skullcap, St. Johns Wort, Valerian Vervain

Reproductive System:-
Diseases of the reproductive system can be grouped in, menstrual cycle, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause and infections.
• Problems:- Absence of menstruation, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, PMS
• Suggestions:- For women :- False Unicorn Root, Raspberry, Dong Quai, Parsley leaf, Rue leaf and Tansy leaves
For men :- Damiana, Sasparilla, Astragalus, Ginseng, Ginger, Saffron

Respiratory System:-
The respiratory system is essential to the growth and movement of the body. By supplying oxygen to our bodies the system enables us to produce energy. If the respiratory system becomes less efficient the energy processes of our body starts to diminish.
• Problems:- Rhinitus, bronchitis, catarrh, chest infections, pleurisy, emphysema, sinus infections, throat infections.
• Suggestions:- Angelica, Aniseed, Bittersweet, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cowslip, Daisy, Ephedra, Hyssop, Mulleine, Senega, Soapwort, Thyme

The Skin:-
Our skin has several functions, it is the main protective organ of our body; the skin protects the body from injury, from light, chemicals, extremes of temperature and from invasion by micro-organisms.
• Problems:- Psoriasis, eczema, impetigo, boils, warts, ringworm, wounds, bruises, burns.
• Suggestions:- Burdock, Cayenne, Cleavers, Dandelion, Nettles, Purple Coneflower Red Cloves

Urinary System:-
The urinary system consists of bladder, ureters, and kidneys and is one of the prime means that the body uses to filter out and dispose of toxic substances. If the urinary system becomes unhealthy, a variety of conditions can occur
• Problems:- Kidney stones, bladder infections, back pain, water retention, incontinence,
• Suggestions:- Buchu, Bearberry, Corn Silk, Echinacea, Golden Rod, Marshmallow, Peppermint, Juniper

Herbal medicines have a lot of benefits to keep the body systems healthy, the suggestions listed above act as tonics for some of the major systems of the body but it is vital for the body to receive exercise and proper nutrition. Healthy eating and a good diet will deliver most of the important nutrients to keep the body healthy.


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