Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Herbalism Doesn't Work"

I hear a lot of people tell me that herbalism and natural remedies simply do not work. (Actually, I hear more that it is all simply Hippie BS).
When I hear this, I work to understand why they believe this.
For many, it is simply the faithful belief in allopathic or Western medicine. It's what they were raised with (doctor's offices, Nyquil and aspirin). This breaks my heart in that I see it as a complete separation not only from healthy living but from the earth (which we are the stewards of).
Others have tried herbal remedies and feel that these treatments did not work.

Herbs on the Hudson posted an article by Marguerite Dunne, MA:
Six Reasons Why Herbal Remedies Fail.

I won't post the whole article, you can find it by clicking the link above.
I do want to point out a few key points in the article that I feel are very important.

Firstly, when taking an herbal treatment, be sure to FOLLOW THROUGH! Like antibiotics, herbal remedies need to be taken until the sickness is past or the herbalist tells you to stop.
Also, herbs are not meant for instant response. Western medicine feeds on our desire for instant gratifications. By suppressing hte symtpoms, we feel like we are better, but in reality we are suppressing our body's healing ability.

Second, just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a group to change a lifestyle. If a person is trying to become healthy through herbalism and recieves negative responses from their loves ones, they will be hindered in their path and may not heal.
Encourage your loved ones. If what they are doing is for betterment and health, then dont' hinder their research and growth.
(I'd like to take this moment to thank my family, fiance, and friends for their support. Love you all.)

Third, many people make the mistake of either not seeking medical help (allopathic or naturpopathic) or not giving their medical professional the whole truth of the problem.
Do Not treat a serious condition without medical advice. Seek a doctor or a natural healer of your choice. Be sure in both instances to find someone of good reputations and who you can trust.
Tell them the whole of the problem. Most medical professionals have heard it all and will not blush at what you have to tell them. Besides, without knowing the problem, the cannot help you to the full extent of their abilities.
Also, if you are seeing both a alternative healer and a allopathic doctor, be sure they both know about the other and what you are doing as far as treatment. Some herbs will effect other medicines and visa versa. Sometimes the combination can make the condition worse or even kill.

There's my rant for the day.
I guess the point is be educated and safe. Research everything including your doctor. Also, give support to your loved ones.

Love and Light,
Happy Chick

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