The Kaisersbach herb terraces of the host association Kaisersbach-Ebnisee eV had invited to their 21st anniversary in the Kaisersbach community hall.
dr doctor Achim Klenk (family doctor and internist in Welzheim, also studied naturopathic treatment) gave a very informative lecture on the topic “Herbs and their effects and uses from ancient times to the present day”. Phytotherapy closes gaps in conventional medicine. Pharmacies have only been around for about 100 years. Before that, people looked at animals to see which herbs could help. The ancient knowledge was preserved in the Benedictine monasteries and the monks also treated the villagers. The poet Walahfrid Strabo wrote a poem with 27 of the most important herbs as early as 840 AD Around 800 AD, Charlemagne had 70 herbs kept in all the monasteries for the treatment of the sick. Also worth mentioning here is Hildegard von Bingen, who as early as 1140 recommended liquorice, wild thyme or bertram for cough or cold symptoms or caraway, lavender and ground ivy for lung ailments and sore throats. ears. As early as the 17th century, the Swiss physician Paracelsus had monastic pharmacies set up that used plant extracts. Until World War II, 90 percent of all medicines were purely herbal. These healing effects have now been rediscovered. In the past, women with a lot of herbal or healing knowledge were burned as witches. Meanwhile we have more contact with nature again. As a result, this knowledge is valued again. The effect of medicinal plants is based on two main components: primary plant components (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and secondary plant components (polyphenols, carotenoids, phytoestrogens, sulfides, monoterpenes, saponins, etc.)
These have an antioxidant effect on the body (protecting cells from free radicals), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and reduce blood pressure. This means that you should eat vegetables, fruits and salad every day. Medicinal herbs contain several active ingredients, with chamomile there are nine different ones. The flowers can be crushed, used as a juice, extract, or tea. Or dry, in oil or distilled in oil or in capsules. In the case of herbal medicines, processes such as planting, cultivation and harvest time must be standardized before approval. When it comes to homeopathic medicines, not all plants are harmless, lily of the valley or foxglove are poisonous.
That is why there is the Medicines Act of 1978. There are also interactions with other medicines, for example, St. John’s wort with the pill. Natural medicine can be used in many ways. The body’s self-healing powers must be activated.
A quick success is not expected, but a smooth improvement that takes time. The prerequisite is that the patient actively participates! Examples of natural medicine: infusion of black radish with rock candy for coughs, linden flower or elderberries as tea for fever, chamomile and caraway for gastrointestinal discomfort, etc. St. John’s wort has proven effective for mental illness and ginseng extracts for states of exhaustion. Opium/morphine is used in pain therapy and mistletoe is also used in cancer. Many agents in chemotherapy are derived from plants. But there are also clear limits to natural medicine. These are e.g. B. a heart attack or stroke. Therefore, the general concept can only be seen like this: Conventional medicine and naturopathic treatments as a combination!
The Kneipp’sche naturopathic treatment according to Sebastian Kneipp: Modern people lack exercise and are overweight. This is often accompanied by the abuse of painkillers. The most important thing is: don’t smoke! According to Kneipp, our health is based on several pillars: water, exercise and nutrition. That’s why he applies hydrotherapy: Drink lots of water, train the immune system with hot/cold stimuli, our body needs stimuli. and movement 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day reduces the risk of a heart attack or cancer by 50 percent. If possible, find a sport that is fun, e.g. B. Dance or swim, ride a bike or walk. When it comes to nutrition, malnutrition leads to numerous diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, leading to death.
A healthy diet looks like this:
- Drink plenty of water (no sodas, cokes, or alcohol)
- Change the eating style (mixed diet with an emphasis on plant foods and five servings of vegetables and fruits per day)
- Fasting (autophagy = cell repair)
- Intermittent fasting (detoxification)
- Balance of body, mind and soul (eight more years with a good social environment)
- Mindfulness training including smart use of digital media (moderation)
Together with physical exercise and moderate caloric intake from plant sources, moderate alcohol consumption, a purpose in life and an environment with family and friends, health is better protected. Dr. Klenk’s lecture received great applause.