All over the world, plants used to be the main source of medicine. Through the ages, herbalists have passed down knowledge about the healing and restorative properties of plants.
The rise of modern Western medicine was initially accompanied by a decline in the practice of herbalism in all cultures and we came to believe that synthetic chemicals were the best medicines to treat illness and cure disease. Although many modern medicines made use of natural products as their main ingredients (quinine, morphine, codeine, aspirin, digitalis, penicillin, reserpine and ephedrine to name only a few), most Western people saw herbal medicines as ‘hocus pocus’ or, at best, an ‘old wives tale’. Few believed they could really work. The big pharmaceutical companies, who made lots of money from synthetic medicines, did not rush out to disprove this misconception.
More recently, however, many people have come to realize that modern medicine does not always hold all the answers. There has been a return to more natural, traditional ways of living. People are increasingly taking back responsibility for their own well-being and actively seeking out healthier and less stressful life styles.
This quest for a healthier lifestyle has meant that people are once again recognizing the healing powers of herbs. Even in the West, natural products are now widely available and herbalism is again coming into its own in a world which is becoming more health and environmentally conscious. While the therapeutic effects of many herbal remedies have now been scientifically validated, others are backed by strong traditional, historical and anecdotal evidence. Herbal remedies can work for you too – without many of the unpleasant side effects of modern medicines! In fact, there needs to be no animosity or competition between herbalists and modern allopathic medicines. They both have their place and have much to learn from each other.
Throughout the ages, Africa has had a strong tradition of herbal medicine. It is a continent rich in plant diversity. In South Africa alone, for example, there are more than 30 000 species of flowering plants, representing almost 10% of the entire world’s higher plants. It is also a continent which is historically rich in links with ancient trading partners like China, India and Europe. More recently, colonial activity in Africa has meant that there has been a strong influence from the modern Western world on African culture and traditions. Indigenous African medicine is therefore dynamic and multi-faceted, often incorporating the best of many cultures in its knowledge base. In most African countries today, indigenous African medicine is alive and well. In addition to indigenous herbal medicine, due to its rich cultural heritage, Africa is fortunate to have access not only to Western allopathic medicine, but also to Western and Australian herbalism, Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy.
In the ‘Lenaka’ – the medicine chest of the African herbalist – one can therefore find herbs from all over the world, each carefully chosen for its potency in treating different ailments and conditions. In Africa, large sectors of the population still rely mainly on herbs for their day-to-day medicinal needs and one can find herbs sold on the street and in marketplaces throughout Africa. Plants are used in spiritual, ritual, symbolic and medicinal ways to cure illness, promote health, wealth and happiness and to communicate with the spirit world.
African herbalists are highly respected men or women, who are called by their ancestors to be healers. They may often be the spiritual leaders in their communities and undergo a rigorous period of training and initiation in which the rich oral traditions are passed down from generation to generation. Traditional healers are highly trained and are called ‘inyanga’, isangoma’, ‘ixwele’, amaquira’, ‘nqaka’, ‘kruiedokter’ ‘bossiedokter’ and many other names, depending on the area they live in or the language group and tribe to which they belong.
Now in your backyard – Herbal Remedies that Work!
Most indigenous remedies in Africa are sold and used in their raw form or in the form of homemade teas and infusions. Now, Native Remedies Inc. has joined forces with Michele Carelse, a Clinical Psychologist, experienced in the use of healing herbs to bring you the richness of the African healing tradition in modern form. Manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards, each complex and potent remedy has been especially chosen to safely and effectively treat a range of conditions, including acne, impotence, arthritis, PMS, UTI and bladder infections, depression, anxiety, menopause, ADHD and chronic headaches. We also have powerful remedies to help with weight loss and to improve sexual performance.
You want your pet to have the same medical benefits as you do.
As they grew to know and trust our range of natural remedies for children and adults, our Native Remedies customers began asking for solutions especially designed for their pets. As treasured members of their families, our customers wanted their pets to have the same benefits and natural solutions as they had discovered in Native Remedies.
In many cases, our natural remedies for humans were used with great effect for the pets in the family and, as time went on, we could no longer ignore the need for remedies especially designed and formulated for pets, with pet friendly doses and remedies which could be easily administered to dogs and cats.
Out of this was born PetAlive – a range of herbal, homeopathic and nutraceutical remedies to help with a variety of ailments commonly experienced by pets.
Just as for people, treatment for typical conditions can often be safer and more effective with the use of herbal and homeopathic treatments, avoiding the often debilitating effects of pharmaceutical medications.
In fact, we firmly believe that the best approach to treatment may be a combination of traditional medicine, herbal/homeopathic remedies, and always due attention to lifestyle – healthy eating, sleeping and exercise habits.
Above all, we urge you to take a sensible, balanced approach to healing yourself or your pets – always consult your physician or, for your pets, your veterinarian; develop a healthy lifestyle; and use our herbal remedies as directed.