I use various herbal remedies and protocols for clients when we mutually agree that this course of treatment is appropriate to assist healing of their acute or chronic conditions.
I discovered the value of plant foods in 1993 when I used herbal remedies instead of pharmaceutical drugs to heal severe allergies that I was experiencing at the time. This led me to enroll in a 12-month intensive herbal training, and in 1998 I received certification in the Science and Art of Herbalism and Aromatherapy Intensive Program with an emphasis on nutrition through Rosemary Gladstar.
Intrigued by the power of this medicine, I enrolled in and completed a three-year program in clinical herbalism/nutrition/energy work in 2001, studying with various herbalists throughout the program.
About Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is also called botanical medicine because it uses plants and parts of plants to help with healing injuries, curing illness, and improving overall health and wellness. Herbal remedies are made from the roots, leaves, flowers, stems, bark of plants and have been used for many years in tea, liquid tincture, pills, capsule, and topical applications forms.
Herbs and other plants, are actually the precursors to many of today’s medicinal drugs. Some of the pharmaceutical medications on the market are extracts of some of these traditional herbs.
Herbal medicines are gaining momentum currently as many people seek alternative treatment for common illnesses and injuries. Since pharmaceuticals often have side effects and usually mask underlying conditions, people are searching for ways to improve and maintain their health naturally. The use of herbal medicine is a great option to add to your health and wellness plan.
It is important to know which herbs you are using and for what purpose based on your own health history and current medications. Anyone who is currently on medication should be aware of this and work with a trained herbalist in order to make sure the remedies chosen are safe and effective for them.
I recommend herbal liquid tinctures, capsules or soft gels from high quality herbal companies. Herbal remedies are just one option that is available to assist you in your journey to health and wellness.
Elaine Bryan is a Registered Yoga Teacher and nutrition counselor/health coach who offers nutritional counseling, workshops, and classes for individuals and businesses throughout San Diego County including Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista. Elaine also teaches group yoga classes and offers private yoga sessions.