The herbal medicine industry is poised to reach $117 billion in the United States within the next five years. In Europe, over 40% of the health industry is in traditional, natural remedies, and this doesn't appear to be changing any time soon.


This movement is driven by a preference among individuals for a more natural alternative when it comes to taking something they believe will keep them well or make them better. And while herbal remedies must be very careful not to state that they cure, heal, treat or prevent any ailment lest they face penalties from the Food and Drug Administration, many people swear by them. They continue to use them. They recommend them to others.


What's behind this movement? And what are people experiencing? Let's take a look!


A compliment, not a replacement


First of all, it's important to mention that people haven't abandoned the health care system. For the most part, people still believe that it can make people better. But people realize that what your health insurance company pays for isn't everything you need to do for your health. You need to find a balance.



A doctor can treat diseases, but what you do at home to stay healthier is key to living a long, quality life. It's not one or the other. It's both complementing each other.



For example, if you have back pain, your doctor may recommend something for the pain. But in many cases, doing regular stretches or even yoga at home can reduce your need for other options. You should always discuss this with your doctor.


For what kinds of conditions do people turn to natural remedies?


The conditions are many, but some of the most common include:


  • Joint pain.
  • Anxiety.
  • Inflammation.
  • Feeling down and sad.
  • Menstrual pain.
  • Skin inflammation.
  • Digestive unrest.


While these conditions may be symptoms of a diagnosable medical or psychological condition for which you should see a doctor, people are turning to natural remedies because they help them manage the day-to-day results of their condition.


While herbal remedies are a compliment, some studies have shown that nearly half of those taking certain remedies find that the remedy's effects are sufficient for them. They don't feel they need anything else. Sixty-six percent of people taking one plant-based remedy said it was "more effective" or "much more effective" than other things they'd been told to try. Ninety-nine percent of people who use this remedy said they would buy it again.


When to consider natural remedies


Natural remedies are not intended to treat or prevent any disease, but you may find that certain remedies support your body's natural functioning so that you feel and are healthier. This may reduce your need for other forms of treatment. Always speak with your doctor before reducing or stopping something recommended by your doctor. And live well with the power of herbal remedies.