In many of my articles, lessons and workshops, we have discussed many individual herbs and formulas and how to prepare them, but we haven’t spoken about “therapies” per se. Herbal Therapies represent a variety of ways in which we can approach illnesses and how our bodies respond to specific herbal treatments. Different therapies are applicable for different diseases, different age groups and different degrees of illness. In selecting HOW to treat an illness, one must consider “the energy of the body” of each individual. For example, we may use certain herbs to stimulate elimination of toxins through purging laxatives or emesis (vomiting therapy), but that might not be appropriate for the elderly or people who are weak or have low energy or have been suffering a chronic disease for a long period, as this therapy will reduce the already low body energy even further. So it is really important to follow the course of a person’s disease regularly (daily) so that you can effectively change the therapy accordingly.
We use the following “herbal therapies” for a variety of conditions, in varying combinations as the disease process dictates: (1) stimulation, (2) sedation, (3) blood purification, (4) tonification, (5) diuresis (fluid balance), (6) sweating, (7) emesis (vomiting), and (8) purging. You must also understand that the body functions in three normal modes: ELIMINATION, MAINTAINING or BUILDING.
1. STIMULATION THERAPY
Here, our intent is to raise the vitality of the body to help throw off illness. When combined with other herbs, stimulants will promote the elimination, maintenance or building modes of the body, as they increase metabolism, increase circulation, break up obstructions and raise the body temperature. Strength will return as the herbal stimulants restore vitality that has been lost to chronic illness.
STIMULANTS are an important means of breaking up blockages that stop the natural flow of blood, lymph, nutrients (digestion and assimilation), waste products or nerve energy. These types of blockages can cause one to feel sluggish, have low-grade fevers and have sluggish digestion.
and FROM THE KITCHEN: Anise, cayenne, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Rosemary, Garlic, and Onion.
Understanding these therapeutic approaches will help you to become an effective healer for your family and your treatment will promote a safe and more effective and quick recovery.