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Traditional German Herbal Medicine

The Germans have used herbal medicines as cures for a range of ailments down the ages. Herbs were easily available and generally safe for quick recovery from minor ailments. Herbal medicine was first practiced in cloisters and monasteries in Germany.

Chamomile infusions for colds and fennel tea for stomach aches were among the many herbal medications that survived generations. Willow Bark was used to cure fever because it contained acetyl salcyclic acid which is used in the aspirin we know today as an effective pain reliever. Hildegaard a Benedictine nun was famous for her herbal preparations for curing illness. She lived in Bingen from 1089 to 1179. Monasteries and cloisters were known to have large herbal gardens and monks and nuns formulated treatments by combining the effects of herbs. Herbal medicine was regarded as the best form of medication for children. Germany has over 3500 registered herbal medications even today.

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