For some choosing to put manmade chemicals in their bodies is not an option. What is complimentary medicine? It is a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as homeopathy and acupuncture.
In some cases traditional medicines and alternative therapies are used in conjunction with each other. For example a cancer sufferer maybe treated with chemotherapy but receive acupuncture or take essential oils to help ease the pain associated with their treatment.
Natural medicines can have many benefits and treatments such as herbalism dates back thousands of years and in certain parts of the world they are still used as everyday medicines.
The most common alternative medicines are essential oils. They can be found in many forms and if you walk into any health food shop you will see the shelves stacked with all the different types of natural medicines you can buy.
For example; Evening primrose oil is a new essential medicine to grace the shelves of our medicine cabinets. It’s a wonder natural medicine that is now widely used to treat a range of different ailments in men, women and children. It has been used in chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Evening primrose is a beautiful vibrant yellow wildflower that grows throughout the United States. It is extracted through cold pressing the seeds harvested from the flowers and drawing out the raw oil.
Evening primrose oil is packed full of amazing health benefits. It has been proven to have an impact on hormone health, skin, hair and bone health. It’s full of essential fatty acids, which are necessary for overall general health, but as the body cannot make them you usually absorb through food. It’s particularly high in omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids, both of which play a role in brain health as well as growth and development.
Fish oil is usually the ‘go to’ for the omega fatty acids, but if you do not eat fish or like the taste of the tablets, evening primrose oil is a good alternative.
Evening primrose has been widely recognised in treating hormone health and many women now take it to treat PMS symptoms and for encouraging good hormone health, especially important if you are trying to conceive. Due to its benefits on hormones, it can also help with acne. As it helps balance the hormones it can be really helpful in treating acne associated with hormonal imbalance.
The university of Maryland carried out research that proved it can also be beneficial for hair loss, when people massaged the oil into their hair, over time they noticed a significant rate of hair regrowth. If you suffer from alopecia this could be a very exciting find for you.
Due to the fact evening primrose is packed full of omega fatty acids, the benefit it can have on overall skin health is impressive. It is often used to treat serious cases of eczema.