Herbal Remedies and Their Actions on the Body
Herbal remedies are a wonderful way to use plants, the people's medicine, as healing assistants. They do work, though usually gently and over time. Have patience with them, and give them time to work. Remember that herbal remedies cannot substitute for clean eating, healthy body movement and stress management. They are assistants that can nourish us and help us to mitigate unpleasant symptoms while we work to repair our diet and lifestyle, but they will refuse to mask a poor lifestyle. There is no miracle cure in either pill or natural remedy. You must work to make positive changes to your way of living. I know that's hard. I live it too, but it can be done!
"They are assistants that can nourish us and help us to mitigate unpleasant symptoms while we work to repair our diet and lifestyle, but they will refuse to mask a poor lifestyle."
The other thing to know about plant medicine is that it isn't one size fits all. Specific remedies and plants are not guaranteed to work on everyone. While there are some well studied, very reliable plants that seem to work well for the vast majority of people (ginger comes to mind), sometimes a particular herb or remedy just won't do it for you. Don't fret. That's okay. This is normal and natural. Evaluate your condition to ensure that a visit to the doctor and/or a prescription isn't warranted. If your condition isn't severe enough to require Western medication, then consult your herbalist and work to find alternatives that may work better for you. Mother Nature has blessed us with many, many medicinal plants, and there is a LOT of overlap. Sometimes, a switch in herb or a switch in method is all that's needed. If your herbalist is me, then don't hesitate to contact me. We'll put our heads together, and see what we can come up with. If a custom formula is needed, I will happily make it for you if I can.
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.