There is a growing interest in herbal medicine as people are becoming more aware of the limitations of mainstream medicine and pharmaceuticals. Herbal medicine is holistic and treats the whole person, not just the presenting symptoms. Many of the health problems today such as asthma, skin problems, eczema, constipation, acid reflux, infertility etc are often linked to our diets, our life style and our stress levels. Herbs work better when we address these broader issues and restore balance and vitality to our selves.
Herbal medicine can’t offer a quick fix, but in the long run, it will save you money in your health budget and will lead you to feel better, have more energy and less vulnerable to diseases as you get older.
As consumers we are more conscious of the foods we eat and the medicines we take and that is how it should be. Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine and we focus on empowering the patient or client to take control, take responsibility for their health.
Imagine if herbal medicine was practice in hospitals! Imagine how much money we would save alone. Health budgets through out Europe are the largest and the most crippling. But our heath systems are not delivering better health. More people are leaving hospitals on take home prescription drugs, with side effects and prescriptions that last for months and years. I really believe the less tablets your on the healthier you are. My family on my father side all have heart problems (emotional as well as physical!), so I grew up listening to stories of heart attacks, hospital visits and satins. When my uncle Paddy died we all said we would never eat rashers and sausages again! But we did and we thought we were ok.
It was not until I started to study herbal medicine did I realise the power of nutritional healing on the heart. For a long time I understood the emotional issues connected to heart health. Then I discovered hawthorn which is an Irish herbs growing all over the country and its a fantastic heart healer and protector of the heart. In my next post I will write about the values of hawthorn.
I would love to know what do you do to take care of your heart?