Alternative medicine has its roots in ancient cultures. It is the medicinal use of herbs to treat diseases and improve general wellbeing. Enough evidences suggest that herbal remedies have been used to cure common ailments and supplement diets since ancient civilization. These plants produce compounds that work as natural defense mechanism against diseases and fungal infections. The earliest record of herbal remedies was found during the Sumerian civilization. Other records and recipes that use medicinal herbs can be found from ancient Egyptian and Greek civilizations. Jamaican herbs, Indian Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine also form the basis for some of the commonly practiced form of alternative medicine today.

Some herbs contain active and powerful ingredients and should be used with similar level of caution as pharmaceutical medicine. In reality, production of various pharmaceutical medications is based on naturally occurring compounds found in herbs.

The Benefits of Herbal Remedies and Alternative Medicine

Over the past decade, the use of herbal remedies and alternative medicine have grown in popularity. This could be as a result of the way pharmaceutical medicine has placed more importance on drugs prescription as against focusing on healthy diets and disease prevention.

Despite the long history and benefits of medicinal plants, pharmaceutical medicine, which is less than a century old, frequently contend their benefits due to a supposed lack of “scientific evidence.”

However, there are natural herbal remedies that have been proven to be beneficial to human health.


At Island Herbs and Spices, you can get 100% sourced and grown Jamaican herbs. Some commonly used Jamaican herbs in alternative medicine and herbal remedies include:

Jamaican Guaco: used as a remedy for treating diarrhea as well as to reduce fevers, suppress coughs and also as a natural blood thinner.

Strong Back Root, Jamaican Viagra: mostly known for its use as a sex enhancement herb. The herb promotes vim and vitality in men and is used in combating infertility in women.

Gumbo Limbo, Copper Wood barks: Used in the treatment of Malaria, viral and bacterial infections such as syphilis.

Dried Moringa Leaves: Used in the prevention and control of cancer, enhancement of the digestive system, control and treatment of diabetes, and improvement of brain health.

Jamaican Fever Grass: Known as Lemon grass in other parts of the world. It is a popular bush remedy in Jamaica for treating fevers and aiding in a speedy recovery. It is used in the treatment of the common cold and coughs and also aid in the fight against cancer by slowing down the growth of these harmful cancer cells over time.

Anamu herb (Guinea Henweed): Beneficial for treating a host of illnesses and diseases, most notable cancer. It is useful as a general pain reliever and strong anti-bacterial. Anamu is also used to treat high blood sugar, boost the immune system, treat STDs and as a preventative for yeast infections.


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