|Posted by earthygirl81 on December 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM|
Herbal Medicine, What's That?
Today lots of words and information get thrown around in the healing world. My hopes for this blog is to share what I really do as a Herbalist. I hope to help you gain clarity and answer common questions I get asked as a Herbalist and also my personal approach to healing.
What is a Herbal Medicine?
Common names this field gets called is Herbology, Herbalism, Herbal Medicine, Plant Medicine, and Botanical Medicine. A Herbalist is trained in Herbal Medicine meaning they study and/or practice in the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants and botanicals as a means of alternative medicine. Essentially what this means is that a Herbalist is educated and trained to use what grows from the earth to heal our bodies. Herbalist are trained in several different views from, but not limited to, Western Herbalism/ Folk Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic Medicine. This includes our foods and actually are the most important aspect of what I personally focus on. Herbalist also use other modalities depending on their personal trainings.
How long have plants been used for healing?
The use of plants for healing is the oldest form of medicine. The Ancient wisdom of plant medicine has been passed down through many cultures. This is scared healing wisdom of how the Divine intended for us to heal ourselves. Many of today's pharmaceuticals have been originally derived from plants. For example, aspirin was originally created by isolating the constitution salicylic acid found in the herb Meadowsweet. The problem here is that this leaves out many of the other healing constitutions of that plant that are meant to work synergistically together with your body for healing.
What do you do?
I educate, educate, educate. The herbal work I do is primarily food based education and healing as I see that nutrition can be a huge factor of the underlying issues manifesting in the mind and body. The foods we eat possess energy and can shift our minds and moods. My view is Holistic and based on the energetics of you and the foods and/or herbs I suggest for your body, mind, & spirit. What I do is at its core energy healing. I recommend food, other modalities, & herbs as needed to bring the disharmonies and dis-eases (by dis-eases I mean a body not at ease) of your body back into balance. I am not physician and do not treat or cure any diseases or diagnosis.
I walk with you making nutritional, supplemental, and lifestyle recommendations specifically created for you. Each body is different and I treat them as such. This is meant to help you see what needs you really have to care and heal yourself.
Your body holds the trauma and always wins. Meaning I have a Holistic view of the mind and body. I look at the connections between the manifestations in your body and how this relates to mind and spirit, it is all connected as you are a spirit with a mind in a body. These are not separate in and of themselves so I can’t treat them as such. I may use other modalities such as: cupping, moxi, ear seeding, reiki, aromatherapy, and so on during sessions. The training I received was specifically in TCM, Western Herbalism, and Ayurvedic Medicine.
What do you not do?
I do not have a miracle cure or magic herb or pill to heal you. I am not a doctor and do not claim to heal or cure any disorders or diseases. I do not have formulas that are standard for everyone to use. This depends on your personal constitution and the constitution of the plant(s) an formula(s) needed.
So you use pot/cbd in your practice right?
No, I do not and nor am I against it. Though there are several practitioners who utilize the healing power of Cannabidiol in practice.
What can herbal medicine help with?
The list is endless really.
Here are some common issues that I work with:
Digestive issues- diarrhea, constipation, IBS symptoms
Preventative and Strength Building
And much more...
*Note~Some clients only need short term use of herbs and can maintain with food and lifestyle changes. Other clients may need to adjust or continue formulas. This really depends on a few things such as your willingness to follow the recommendations provided. In order for healing to happen doing your part is key.
Is herbal medicine the right approach for me?
I view this as the medicine the Divine/Source provided for use for healing our bodies. So at the heart of it I think yes, yes it is. However, this is really a question you need to ask yourself. If you are in search of a ‘fix it’ pill or a quick easy solution then this method of healing is not for you. This is a different way of viewing medicine. Its slower, more gentle, and about getting in tune with yourself. It has works on the underlying root of your issue as this is where the true healing happens. You did not get to where you are in one day so healing takes time and comes in layers.
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