5 Healing Weeds Your Doctor Probably Mows Over
There are a multitude of healing plants which have effectively been
used to promote health for hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years.
Mainstream heath care practitioners are only beginning to appreciate and
recommend these amazing natural remedies.
Physicians and other health care experts did use wild plants
extensively until around the early 1900s. They were the main medicines
listed in the American Medical Pharmacopeia. Around the turn of the 20th
century, the American Medical Association became quite powerful and
essentially created a monopoly which resulted in essentially eliminating
naturopathic medicine and homeopathy from mainstream America.
“Wonder” Drugs and their Impact on Society and Medicine
With the advent of penicillin and other “miracle drugs,” the medical
profession and general public began to believe that pharmaceutical drugs
were better and more effective than traditional practices.
While modern pharmaceuticals can be essential life-saving tools,
ordinary weeds can work quite well. Often weeds are safer, cheap, and
have fewer side effects than modern drugs. Unfortunately, as “wonder”
drugs and high tech medical care became more available, people began to
take less responsibility for their own health. They left their health
care to the “experts.”
Medicine and Money
Ordinary common plants cannot be patented in their original form.
Pharmaceutical companies invest billions of dollars to patent a
medicine. Since weeds cannot be patented, there is no financial
incentive to invest in research.
In addition, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, insurance
companies and health care systems all fund each other. As a result,
physicians receive little or no education about the wonders of healing
The Future of Healing
Fortunately, the tide is changing. People are once again taking
charge of their own health. We have opportunities to return to our very
roots of healing. This does not mean that modern pharmaceuticals and
technology is not useful. What this change means is that people are
becoming empowered. Over time, our health care system may utilize food,
simple home remedies, wild plants, and ground-breaking new
pharmaceuticals effectively as part of a broad continuum of health care.
In fact, this is the only way that humans and the planet’s resources
Surprising Weeds that Promote Health
Kudzu. Image source: mrkudzublog
Many ordinary weeds that are viewed as nuisances by homeowners —
including your doctor — are some of our best plant allies. If you opt to
use weeds, be sure that you identify them correctly, gather only what
you need, and save plenty of plants to ensure the health and
availability of the plants for future generations. Collect plants that
have not been sprayed or treated with chemicals.
Here are five healing weeds to consider:
1. Kudzu – all-around medicine. The weed that ate
the South is good medicine.Kudzu has been utilized by traditional
Chinese medical practitioners for thousands of years. The roots and
flowers are used medicinally. Kudzu is nutritious. The tea is excellent
for treating vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Kudzu has compounds which are
similar to soy. It alleviates menstrual discomfort and hot flashes.
Kudzu relieves a wide array of maladies, including migraine headaches,
psoriasis and irregular heart rates.
The plant has been used to treat alcoholism for more than six
centuries. Recent studies indicate that kudzu helps the body to utilize
insulin more effectively, making it beneficial for diabetics.
2. Mullein — the “respiratory medicine chest.” Tall
mullein with its yellow flowers makes an outstanding remedy for ear
aches. Combine it with garlic and olive oil to create an herbal oil
which cures ear infections. Never use mullein/garlic oil or any other
ear drop if you suspect that the affected individual may have a
perforated ear drum. Mullein makes an outstanding remedy for coughs.
Some people like to smoke it or use the herb in a tea to help with
Yellow dock. Image source: Flickr
3. Yellow dock – help for the liver. Yellow dock
root promotes the flow of bile, thereby aiding the digestion of fats. It
is a bitter herb which stimulates the appetite and normalizes
digestion. Yellow dock tones the intestinal tract; normalizing bowel
4. Motherwort — lowers stress and enhances heart health. Motherwort
is a great tonic for the heart. It relaxes blood vessels, which results
in lowered blood pressure and improved circulation to the heart itself.
Angina can be relieved with the use of motherwort. Motherwort is a
general relaxant, as well. It is useful for the treatment of anxiety.
5. Elecampane root — for cough. Elecampane root is a
fabulous remedy for wet mucus coughs. It possesses outstanding
expectorant properties, making it useful for chronic coughs, bronchitis,
colds and flu. Elecampane is nutrient-rich as well.
Elecampane Root. Image source: Drfloras
Incorporating Weeds into Your Health Care Plan
Learn as much as you can about plants that you intend to utilize. If
you have a health concern, consult with your primary health care
provider for proper diagnosis. Mainstream health care providers are
becoming more informed about natural remedies, but most are still not
familiar with using wild weeds. In addition to a mainstream health care
provider, you may want to consult with a naturopath or an herbalist,
especially if you are attempting to treat a chronic or serious health