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It is a widely known fact that natural remedies are gradually becoming much more popular than the traditional medications. It is a good thing because they are usually equally efficient and they usually do not trigger any unwanted side effects, which is not the case with traditional drugs and medications. The problem of this entire medical situation is that there are a large number of herbs which are slowly becoming scarce, due to their growing popularity and usage for numerous different sorts of medical purposes. It is pretty much safe to say that those herbal remedies slowly became victims of their own popularity. Fortunately enough, there are ways from preventing these beneficial herbs from disappearing completely.

One must be well informed and be aware of the fact that some herbs cannot be grown commercially, so it is of utmost importance to know where the purchased herbs actually come from. The wild plants should be allowed to make a comeback without any interference. Commercial crops are a different situation. If a person purchases their herbal remedies from sustainable sources it is a big and important part of the solution of this tragic problem. One should never forget that herbs are an important part of the cultural heritage of mankind and they are necessary for various medicinal branches.


One of the most important herbal remedies is ginseng, which is characterized by not growing well in commercial ventures. There are also numerous state laws about harvesting ginseng. Another potent herbal remedy is Echinacea, which is widely used for the improvement of functioning of the immune system. Numerous varieties of this herb are endangered in spite of the fact that it can be grown commercially. Black cohosh can also be grown commercially, although with numerous difficulties, mostly because it seeds take a lot of time for the germination. It is still used mostly as an ornamental plant. Blue cohosh is an endangered species, but it cannot be used for any medicinal purposes, it can even be dangerous. It is usually used as a garden ornament, just like its black counterpart.

Goldenseal is an endangered species commonly used for various digestive problems. It can also be grown commercially. Slippery elm is another herbal remedy which is threatened by pests and harvesters. Another potent herbal remedy which is at the brink of extinction is known as wild yam. The last plant on this list is widely known by the name of lady’s slipper.

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