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Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years across many different cultures. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in herbal medicine due to, among other things, increasing resistance to many drugs used in orthodox medicine, and the side effects that often accompany them.
Some herbalists, including Inspiring Health’s Deanne Greenwood (see Our Therapists), call themselves Medical Herbalists to denote the fact that they hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, and are therefore trained in both medical and plant sciences.
How does herbal medicine work?
The active ingredients found in the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, roots and bark of plants have many different properties. For example, they may be analgesic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, laxative, stimulating or relaxing. Most plants have a number of different properties and therapeutic actions. Around 25% of pharmaceutical drugs in use today are derived from plants – but there is a big difference between using a synthetic version of a plant extract and using the whole plant!
Herbal medicine is holistic, which means that it supports the whole body, on a physical and emotional level, to effect healing. It aims to get to the root cause of ill health – rather than just treating the symptoms – to discover why a person has become ill. There are usually many factors involved.
Herbalists treat on an individual basis, as no two people are the same, physically or psychologically. This also explains why herbs recommended for one person may be different to those recommended for someone else, even though both people have been labeled with the same ailment!
Herbal medicine works hand-in-hand with dietary and lifestyle factors, which are the bedrock of good health and healing.
What can herbal medicine be used for?
Herbal medicine can help relieve a wide variety of conditions affecting the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, reproductive, nervous and immune systems.
Herbal medicine can be used alongside conventional medication, and a qualified herbalist will be aware of any possible interactions. It can also be used to help reduce the amount of conventional medication being taken, and the side effects associated with many pharmaceutical drugs.
Is there any scientific research to support herbal medicine?
There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of herbal medicine. Examples of positive clinical trials in recent years include:
St John’s wort for mild-moderate depression, premenstrual symptoms, wound-healing
Ginkgo biloba for senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, dizziness and tinnitus, memory
Black cohosh for menopausal symptoms including hot flushes
Boswellia for osteoarthritis
Willow bark for low back pain
Nettle for urinary problems associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Hawthorn for reducing high blood pressure
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Homeopathy is a form of holistic medicine that helps you heal yourself without the use of synthetic substances.
Homeopathy has been used for over 200 years and is the second most commonly used medicine in the world after Chinese medicine. It is used by 200 million people worldwide and over 7 million in the UK.
Using natural substances, medicines are formed by making a very dilute solution of the active ingredients and adding it to a carrier (a tablet or pillule). The pillule should then by sucked in your mouth so the ingredients are absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Some remedies act immediately and others may take longer.
At first you may notice a change in temperament as your body readjusts and gains strength in order to begin to fight the cause of your symptoms. Homeopathy acts as a catalyst to rebalance your body and help restore health and wellbeing. Because of the dilute amounts of active ingredients used and the fact they don’t contain any synthetic ingredients, homeopathic medicines don’t have side effects.
If you take the wrong medicine, nothing will happen, the remedy will not have any effect. Sometimes it may take a few remedies to get to the core of your health issues, dependent on how long you have been living with your symptoms, and the complexity of your health will determine the treatment course.
Because of the way homeopathic medicine works with your body, it has not experienced any issues of bacterial resistance, and some of the ingredients are the same as were used many years ago. Homeopathic medicines do not produce side effects as they are not toxic to the body.
Mary Greensmith practices in Falmouth and Helston offering help to children, teenagers and adults through to old age.Please follow, like and share
CranioSacral Therapy is a form of hands on treatment with its foundations in early osteopathic thought. It works with the physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system. This system is made up of the cerebral spinal fluid and the membranes that surround and protect the spinal cord, brain and central nervous system, stretching from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (known as the cranium) to the coccyx or tailbone (known as the sacrum).
The Biodynamic references a sustainable, holistic approach to the body’s natural rhythms and process.
Biodynamic CranioSacral therapy is useful in helping to relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety and fatigue. It can help the digestive system and the nervous system and is a safe an effective treatment for both babies and during pregnancy.
All treatments are fully clother, are non-invasive and usually involve lying comfortably on a couch. The practitioner stands or sits at your feet, head or middle. There is neither massage or manipulation. Light listening touch is the essence of CST in the same way that a counsellor might listen attentively to the client’s account of their circumstances, the CST therapist listens to the rhythm of the craniosacral system, pinpointing sources of obstruction or stress.
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