What is Herbal Medicine?
So… let’s talk! There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstanding when it comes to herbal medicine. What is herbal medicine? Does it work? Is it the same as holistic medicine? What do you use it for?
I’m here to answer some of your questions and hopefully give you a better understanding of what is a major part of my practice as well as my everyday life!
Our History with Herbs
Herbal Medicine has roots in practically every civilization. From traditional Chinese medicine, to sacred Indigenous healing practices, to the ancient Druidic traditions of Ireland, we have always had a connection to medicinal plants. As [western] society industrialized, we developed pharmaceutical drugs using the chemical constituents found in medicinal plants; which is incredible! If there’s one thing I want my audience to understand, it’s that there’s a place for everything, and everyone should make informed decisions on the best way to manage their own health. That being said, many of us were not raised to understand the birth of modern medicine or how to apply alternative medicine in our daily lives. That’s where your friendly neighborhood herbalist comes in!
How it Works
When asked about my practice and the results I get, I often explain herbal medicine like this:
While pharmaceuticals (generally speaking) replace something that is missing in your body system or force a reaction (again-place for everything), herbal medicine nourishes the body to produce the desired result naturally.
An example that I love to use is in regards to depression treatment. While SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) increase serotonin levels in the brain, an herbal protocol is able to nourish the body, brain, and mind to treat the symptoms of depression and nourish the body’s natural ability to produce serotonin. For some, treatment is a unique combination of both pharmaceuticals and herbal medicine. For others, one treatment works better for their needs or lifestyles. Either way, never forget that there are options.
Anything from mental health management to topical wound healing, from fertility support to digestive issues, herbal medicine can be an incredibly powerful tool in managing your health.
It’s important to understand that while holistic medicine (which generally operates on the vibrational & emotional level) has a place for those who seek it, herbal medicine works on a biological level. Phytochemical compounds have a physiological effect on our bodies, meaning that while it is alternative treatment, the results are not a placebo. That being said, medicinal herbs can be dangerous if used improperly. There are many more interactions than people realize, which is why it is crucial to be treated by a trained herbalist and not by “Dr. Google.”
What I Do
As a community herbalist, I strive to empower those I treat to understand their symptoms alongside their options for treatment. If they decide that herbal medicine is a fit for them, I devise a custom treatment plan to suit their needs. I believe that together we can tackle whatever health hurdle my clients’ face, whether that be through a longterm treatment program or a brief protocol to tackle an acute issue.
If you are looking to improve your relationship with your body, connect to your health in new ways, and experience the power of healing herbs…
B.C. Aesthetics & Apothecary is here for you.
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