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How Are Herbalism and Functional Medicine Different?

Many of the clients I work with have been treated with functional medicine in the past. It should be no surprise that one question I get is about how herbalism is different. Some people think that because herbalism and functional medicine both use natural substances that they are essentially the same. Although functional medicine providers might use herbs from time to time, and herbalists may recommend some supplements, the training and approaches are very different.

When a Chronic Illness Isn't an Illness

So often I meet with people who have had years of not feeling well. They have been through several medical doctors, including specialists. They have often met with other natural-minded providers such as naturopaths and functional medicine practitioners. They have had perhaps dozens of lab tests looking for medical conditions, deficiencies, DNA methylation, food sensitivities, parasites… and more. They have run dozens of tests, only to find out that there’s nothing medically wrong with you.

The Best Solutions are Born From Frustration

There is a problem in our healthcare system that affects the health of your family AND finances. It is the very same perspective that is making COVID-19 worse right now. Does this statement sound familiar? “Looks like you might be sick. Go home isolate yourself and hopefully you get better. If not, we will get you to a hospital, if it isn't overrun already” No wonder we spend so much money and outcomes are sometimes so poor. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad hospitals can do so much! But this approach over time means you need more and more care, not less. And many alternative health providers have adopted this model of crisis management, along with its high prices.

This may be ‘the way’ for most healthcare providers, but it is not ‘the way’ for you and your family.

Preparing to Get Sick -- An Herbalist's View on COVID-19

I am frequently asked, “Which herbs can I use for COVID-19?” There’s a two-part answer to that question. The first is what you can do to decrease your chances of getting seriously ill. The second part is what you can do during an active COVID-19 infection. This post will focus on steps you take to prepare your body specifically for the issues COVID-19 seems to be causing.

My Typical Herbal Client

Let me describe a typical client for you. She’s been to doctors for years with concerns about fatigue, poor sleep, digestive problems - often bloating after eating and/or food sensitivities that are getting worse. She’s had a dozen blood tests without any positive results, including many standard blood panels and probably some combination of adrenal and thyroid tests. There really isn’t a test for brain fog.
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