In this first discourse on the various modalities of Natural Medicine we will look at my favorite, herbalism. Herbalism is also called botanical medicine or phytotherapy. Using plants to treat illness and maintain good health is the most ancient form of healing known to mankind.
Because of the years of conditioning that we, especially in the USA, have gotten from conventional medicine, natural healing methods are seen to be outdated. However, in my humble opinion, natural healing should be the first thing we turn to! Most of the time people who know that I am an herbalist will ask me, ‘What herb do I take for this or that?’. Herbalist, as with any of the practitioners of natural health, strive to treat the whole person. Our goal is not to just treat a symptom, we want to bring balance to each individual’s health and well-being.
Yes, each herb or herbal remedy has specific properties. Each one targets or achieves a specific purpose. This is the thing that most people seek, that one herb that cures what ails them, from headaches to cancer. Maybe they are looking for a quick fix. That is not what herbs can do for you. Herbs act much more slowly and gently to the body than does synthetic drugs, so it takes longer for the effects to be realized. Herbs also have fewer and less harmful side effects, which makes it worth the wait.
When you visit an herbalist for the first time, they will likely take down a great deal of health history. Maybe even more than your medical doctor does. They will also inquire into other areas of your life, such as, home situation, emotional situation, and your spiritual preferences. The more you honestly reveal to your herbalist, the better able they will be to tailor an herbal regimen for the individual that you are.
I wish you great health! Blessings!