How do herbs work?
Many people assume herbs work because they are nutritious. The reality, however, is the healing effects of herbs are primarily due to a class of chemicals produced in the plants called secondary metabolites. These form an integral part of the plant’s immune system. Some of their functions include defense against pests, disease, ultra-violet radiation, and even other plants competing for resources.
The human body can harness the power of these phytochemicals to great effect. For example, allicin is a molecule produced in Allium sativum, the herb we all know as garlic. Allicin is used by the plant to defend against pests and has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparastic properties. The human body can use allicin for its own needs such as it helping the immune system to rapidly fight off infection.
Custom formulating is both a science and an art. While it is important to include herbs that directly act on
negative symptoms, it is critical to combine them with herbs that strengthen the body as well. Often multiple
organs and body systems need to be supported simultaneously, and it is crucial to select the most appropriate multitasking herbs.