Herbal Medicine in Combination With Other Alternative Modalities, Part 1

An extensive case history will be taken on your first visit to your herbalist. Not unlike the history and physical you would get from a conventional doctor. You will be asked to describe your medical history and current symptoms.
Particular attention will be paid to eating habits, defecation and sleep patterns. This gives the herbalist the ability to know what type of herbs you need to bring your body back in balance. Combining herbal treatments with naturopathy helps to achieve the ultimate goal of homeostasis (well-being of the body when it heals itself).

The basics you should know about herbal medicine in convention medicine today

Herbs are the most important method for healing acute disease conditions. Early detection of disease processes occurring within your body and early treatment with herbs will help restore the body’s natural order. Herbs work slowly and do not cause toxic side effects, as do most traditional medications. Although like any other treatment over-usage can occur if not taken correctly.

Herbs are used internally with teas, infusions, tinctures, capsules and douches. And they also may be used externally as compresses, poultices, salves and oils.

It is not always safe to mix conventional medications with herbs. For example if you choose to use foxglove be aware that digitalis in pill form is of the same basic principle. What scientists have done is remove the most potent part of the plant and designed a synthesized version of foxglove (digitalis). They have removed what they felt were the inert ingredients. With herbal treatment the entire plant in natural form is used, knowing that the whole plant is of great benefit.

Herbalists do not treat acute mental diseases or disorders having to do with the musculoskelatal system. Although simple depression and emotional discord are not among the mental disorders not treated. Herbs however are used to treat some of the symptoms of pain associated with musculoskelatal problems.

Based on your medical history some herbs will be prescribed, and you will learn how to take them and when to take them. Always follow the precautions.

Herbalists treat everything from acute to chronic medical conditions such as asthma, chronic fatigue, PMS, irritable bowel syndrome, RA, common coughs and cold, hay fever, allergies, the list is endless.

Your second visit will be two to four weeks after the initial visit.

When used as prescribed it can be a very cleansing healthy was of living. To bring the body back to balance. To use the herbs without a consultation may and can lead to problems.

Plants can be very toxic; with herbal medicine you can run the risk of higher adverse reactions.

Safety precautions must be taken before any treatment is started. The majority of adverse reactions were from people self-dosing or over dosing; buying the herbs on a friend’s advice.

You need monitoring while on herbs, to make sure your complete system is in order. This may include blood work.

Herbal medications and conventional medications should not be mixed unless the doctor and herbalist recommend it.

Remember, herbal medicine is just that. Never attempt to treat yourself. Many warning and safety information should be viewed before beginning any treatment.
Naturopathy

Using the person as a whole, self-healing organism of life if given the right environment and spiritual well being then the self-healing process can begin, and good health is the result.

Using healing herbs will bring the body back to its natural state.

Natur meaning “natural,” opathy meaning “condition.” A natural and well-balanced healing as compared to the traditional scientific healing that can oftentimes mask the symptoms rather then treat them.

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