Medicinal plants

There are some plants that are not just plants. Since the dawn of time, their leaves, stems, roots and pods have been used to naturally cure certain ailments and chronic diseases. Herbal teas, infusions, mouthwashes … they are used in various ways. Their virtues are so immeasurable that even pharmaceutical companies use them to synthesize different types of drugs. Better still, they very often bring us the solution where modern medicine seems to have failed. This, with less or no side effects. Alas very few people know about these medicinal plants. Here are 8 that are very often talked about.

this list is of course not exhaustive



1. Turmeric longa



tumeric longa medicinal plants



Simply called turmeric, it is a perennial native to India. For 7000 years, it has been used in traditional Asian medicine because of its therapeutic properties. This plant is about a meter in height and its thick rhizome cultivated after wilting is the part used in alternative medicine. Indeed, turmeric is renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to its antioxidant compounds, it helps prevent three types of cardiovascular accidents as well as hepatitis 4. Turmeric is also used to treat dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, osteoarthritis, inflammatory rheumatism, pain muscle, nausea, etc. Turmeric longa is also associated with certain plants such as lemon balm for other types of cures.



2. Cynara scolymus (The artichoke)


The artichoke medicinal plants



Originally from the Mediterranean plain, the artichoke is a perennial vegetable plant of the family of compounds. With its floral stem hollowed out of grooves and its purplish blue flowers assembled in rosette, this plant is prized for its immune and digestive properties. What will earn him the name of the plant of easy digestion. However, the medicinal value of this perennial plant lies in its leaves (scales) and its bracts (receptacle). We use the leaves of the artichoke to stimulate and balance the secretion of bile and the protection of liver cells. On the other hand, its bracts are prized for their gastronomic properties. The artichoke thus makes it possible to curb chronic indigestion, dyspepsia, hepatic constipation of biliary origin, etc.



3. Ginseng


ginseng power medicinal plants



From the araliaceae family, ginseng has been used in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia for thousands of years. The properties of its root overflow so much that it has been classified by the WHO as one of the best medicinal plants. Indeed, ginseng root is traditionally used as an energizer and a powerful aphrodisiac. It thus helps to combat physical and intellectual fatigue, sexual impotence and heart disease. It also stimulates the immune system with its antioxidant properties. It is also an anti-inflammatory, an anabolic and an excellent simulator of brain function. Ginseng root also helps to treat the flu, digestive disorders. Also, it is used to build muscle mass. It is also involved in the fight against certain ailments such as diabetes, cognitive disorders, neurovegetative diseases and excess cholesterol.

Ginseng root is used in the form of powder, essential oils, capsules, decoctions and tonic drinks.


red ginseng




Red Ginseng





4. Valerian



valerian medicinal plants



Also called the plant of anxiety and anxiety, the root of Valerian contains mainly sedative, relaxing and antioxidant properties. It is used as a synthetic substance in the majority of sedative sera in hospitals to perform surgical procedures.

Numerous studies carried out on Valerian have indeed shown that its root helps to relieve nervous and muscular tensions, anxiety, back pain, shoulder pain. It also improves the quality of sleep and reduces sleep time. Its benefits on the nervous and loco motor systems are impressive.


5. Milk thistle



Native to the Mediterranean basin, milk thistle, from its scientific name Silybum Marianum, is a medicinal plant used since antiquity, long before the arrival of Jesus Christ. In the 77s, the pharmacologist and botanist doctor Pedanius Dioscoride had discovered that the plant was used to treat biliary and hepatic disorders. This is due to the elimination of excess bile. Over the years, new clinical trials have shown that Milk Thistle also protects the liver while limiting the risk of hepatitis 1, 2 and cirrhosis. It also efficiently ensures the evacuation of bile and liver. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and antioxidant. Milk thistle would also chase away melancholy and promote the secretion of milk.



6. The Cypress





From its scientific name Cupressus sempervirens, the Cypress is a coniferous shrub formerly used in Greece to fight against hemorrhoids. Since then, other therapeutic properties have been discovered by alternative medicine. These include its antiviral properties which make it an essential plant in the treatment of all types of viral and repetitive diseases. These compounds act directly on the virus and thus facilitate the suppression of infections. Cypress nuts are also used to prevent venous insufficiency, the flu, lung infections and herpes.



7. Cassis


cassis pharmacy



A 1.5 meter tall shrub, the Cassis is a plant whose properties are widely used in France. This since the XXI century. According to Jacques Fouilloux’s indications in the scientific book Vénerie, the Cassis would cure snake bites, especially the viper. Its impressive properties against bites, fevers, worm infections were then discovered and proven.

Beyond these benefits, Cassis is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant whose leaves are used to treat chronic osteoarthritis, fatigue caused by overwork, joint pain (cartilage). By infusion, blackcurrant also helps strengthen the immune system.



8. The Dandelion


dandelion pharmacy



Also called lion’s tooth, the dandelion is a herbaceous perennial that grows in temperate environments. Very little known to the public, it is an edible plant formerly used in Chinese medicine. Traditionally, the dandelion leaf and roots are powerful diuretics. Whether prepared as a decoction or as an infusion, they help fight digestive hepatitis. Researchers at the University of Windsor in Canada recently conducted a study that has shown that the roots of this medicinal plant have cytotoxic active ingredients. In other words, this plant would fight against several types of cancer, including breast and prostate. In this study, dandelion root extract made it possible to remove 95% of the chronic leukemia cells in just 48 hours.

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the appeal for the power of plants to respond to certain deficiencies, should not replace a medical opinion. Despite the usefulness of plants it should not be used to treat.