Maybe you are struggling with nagging pain or discomfort that has lingered a bit longer than you expected? Maybe you’ve noticed that a friend or loved one is having more trouble performing his or her daily tasks. Perhaps you have had surgery, or are scheduled to do so. These are a few of the situations that a licensed physical therapist is specifically trained to help you with.
Everyone knows ABOUT herbalism, but how much do you really KNOW about herbalism? Here are some things that might be new to you:
Herbalism doesn’t replace conventional medicine but it may reduce your need for it by improving your health.
A medical diagnosis can be helpful for an herbalist in making recommendations. It helps an herbalist avoid herbs that might be contraindicated by a medical condition. It can also help us determine what is going on in your body at a foundational level… which leads to item #2.
If you get in an auto accident, there are so many things to think about. How long will it take to get my vehicle fixed? What if I miss work? How will this affect me financially? Will I have to miss work? Will my insurance rates go up? It can be a little traumatic to start driving again too.
If you’re dealing with chronic poor health, you’ve probably come to think of wellness as out of reach. Why? Because you’ve tried the things that so many people swear are necessary… a specific diet, exercise, enough sleep, optimism, vitamins. None of it has helped very much.
Herbalism is the use of plants to affect a person’s health. There are two ways it’s commonly practiced in modern Western society.
The first is the use of plants for acute illnesses. This concept is very familiar to us because we typically turn to medications for symptom relief. For instance, for a runny nose, we may take an OTC antihistamine and decongestant. If you were substituting herbs, you may consider ragweed (yes, that ragweed) and eyebright. It’s fairly straightforward, once you know which herbs can be used for which symptoms.
The weather is unseasonably warm right now. Add to the fact that many are still stuck at home and barbequing is sure to begin early this year. However, there is a hidden danger involved in grilling during a viral outbreak. Certain cancerous toxins lurk in certain barbequed foods that can weaken your immune system and leave you more exposed to viruses.
When you have a simple issue, it’s easy to find information about which herbs might be helpful. Take some ginger if you’re nauseated. Take some chamomile if you’re anxious. Maybe some Gotu kola if your brain is foggy.
If you’re using herbs this way, that’s great! But when you have a chronic or complex health issue, you need to unlock the power of herbs on a deeper level.
That’s where an herbalist can help you.
Chronic and complex issues can take some time to resolve. Herbs can help you in a way that no other approach can.
It happens every day. Becky glanced across the store and saw a friend! She hadn’t seen her for months. She looked fabulous. The friendly chatting began and Becky couldn’t help but ask her friend what she had done to look so fabulous, thinking for sure it was some kind of plastic surgery. Karen, her friend, described in great detail the dieting and endless hours of Brazilian dancing, and, of course, a personal trainer. Karen continued by complaining about how hard it was to eat 6 times a day, but the best part was that it only took 3 months to achieve her new look.
A friend of mine sent me this picture he took 1 hour before Costco opened this morning following President Trump's recent announcement of suspending travel to Europe. To put this in perspective, Idaho (where this was taken) has yet to have a confirmed case of Coronavirus. It is amazing to see the reactions we exhibit in preparing for an unknown event.
This brings me to my point. What are you doing to prepare other than making sure you have enough toilet paper, or don't go to basketball games, or adopting the bow instead of shaking hands?
Many of the clients I work with have failed to find answers with conventional medicine. As you might imagine, this means I end up working with a fair number of people who have issues such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmunity, etc.
So, how does an herbalist treat these conditions? The simple answer is we don’t. In part, this is because we aren’t licensed to practice medicine. We don’t look at a client with, say, fibromyalgia, and start recommending herbs A & B.