What's a Medicinal Remedy? - Duke's Materia Tonica

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Medicinal remedies are a type of food known as a dietary supplement used for health and healing of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit and any of the various systems, organs, glands, and tissues. Remedies are used medicinally when they are taken for their unique constituents and not only for any essential nutrients they may contain. The medicinal properties of how remedies work by their unique constituents is researched in herbal medicine, a part of herbalism, which are methods of understanding herbs within herbology.

Types of Medicinal Remedies

Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, and Spices are Medicinal

Medicinal remedies include fiber, probiotics, spices, herbs, and some types of mushrooms.

  • Fiber - A non-nutrient that is an indigestible part of plants which is specifically used medicinally for detoxification and bowel movements.
  • Probiotics - Found in fermented foods and supplements to support digestion and gut health, includes prebiotics.
  • Spices - Culinary spices often have medicinal properties and may be used in food or as a stand-alone healing remedy for their specific health supporting properties.
  • Herbs - Herbalism studies the healing medicinal properties of the unique constituents found in flowers, twigs, stems, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, berries, fruits, and more.
  • Mushrooms - Some culinary mushrooms and many non-culinary edible mushrooms have medicinal properties. They may also be considered a superfood, a tonic, and possibly an adaptogen because they contain additional essential nutrients.