Herbal plants have long been used as an alternative to treat various health problems.
However, the extent of the effectiveness of herbal plants is still being explored. The reason is, herbal plants are not completely safe, many of which carry the same risks and side effects as factory-made drugs.
Reporting from Healthline, Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., a medical expert who won the 2017-2018 American Holistic Nurse of the Year, made a list of the most effective and therapeutic herbal plants.
These herbs have the most high-quality research and are a safe choice among many herbal medicines.
This list of herbal plants can be used as a guide for people who want to try herbal remedies. Here are 6 of the most potent herbal plants according to science:
Ginko is the oldest homeopathic plant and a major ingredient in Chinese medicine.
This herb is best known for its ability to improve brain health.
Studies say gingko can treat patients with mild to moderate dementia and may slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric is believed to have anticancer properties and can prevent DNA mutations. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can be used as a supplement and topically for people with arthritis.
According to recent research, turmeric also holds promise as a remedy for various skin diseases and arthritis.
Flaxseed is an herbal plant that has the ability to lower blood pressure and treat obesity.
Interestingly, flaxseeds are one of the few plant foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids.
For centuries, echinacea has been used medicinally in powder and supplement form.
Echinacea is most famously used as a remedy for the common cold, but more research is needed to verify this benefit.
This purple, aromatic flower holds a fairly strong position among research, particularly on its anti-anxiety benefits.
Recently, it was discovered that lavender has anti-inflammatory properties. It is most effective diluted and applied to the skin or used in aromatherapy.
Chamomile is an herbal plant that is often consumed as a tea and is efficacious to calm the body and mind.
Recent studies confirm that chamomile is safe for long-term consumption. Another recent study says, chamomile has the potential to be used in anticancer treatments.