An herb is defined as any plant or part of a plant that is used for its scent, flavor, or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine (also called herbalism or botanical medicine) is one such use, where herbs are used in tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts, topical creams, and as fresh or dried plants. Herbal medicine has been used since ancient times both as a means of improving specific illnesses or functions and in improving wellness as a whole. While herbal medicine in itself is not a licensed profession in the United States, there are many different uses that practitioners will recommend them for. For example, some practitioners might only recommend herbal medicine support for a specific client complaint, while others will both address specific complaints as well as a clients wellness as a whole. Naturopaths, like myself, prefer to address a person’s chief complaint right away with dietary improvements and herbal medicine support while working long term on improving total health and longevity, naturally .
Some examples of uses of herbal medicine support you might recognize include the following:
Aloe – used topically for minor burns and skin irritation
Berberine – helps improve insulin sensitivity and helps with fat burning
Cinnamon – used to support normal glucose levels by fascilitating the uptake of glucose into the cells
Garlic – used to help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol
Ginger – used for nausea and inflammation support
Gymnema leaf – used for thousands of years to help reduce the absorption of glucose into the intestines and delays the rapid release of glucose into the bloodstream
Hypericum (St John’s Wort) – helps support multiple mental and emotional issues including depression and anxiety
Passionflower – used as a non-sedative means of relaxation
Peppermint – used to help digestion problems
Tumeric – used to help inflammation and prevent some cancers and Alzheimers
The above is a very small list compared to the amount of herbal remedies that exist, and as such it is important to never self-diagnose or use herbal remedies without the insight of an expert. While herbal remedies are known for having minimal side effects as opposed to prescription drugs, in rare cases these remedies can interfere with any drugs you are taking so it is important to consult a health professional before use. This being said, herbal remedies are the oldest and most long lasting form of medicine for a reason. Those who study herbal medicine have years of research and knowledge. At Nutritionally Yours, our naturopath has more than twenty years of experience practicing herbal medicine techniques and we have seen countless peoples lives improved through its use.
Nutritionally Yours offers herbal medicine remedies, homeopathy, vitamin support and nutritional counseling for many of today’s health challenges. Natural supports including herbal medicine techniques can really help people feel better and stay well!
Testimony – 52 year old with high insulin and glucose. Natural support was started which included improvements in dairy diet and an herbal support product to help improve glucose, insulin and metabolism. In just a few days appetite was reduced, blood sugar levels improved, focus and mood was more stable and the client started being able to exercise without exhaustion. Yes we can help you too!
Testimony – 50 year old with terrible anxiety and trouble sleeping. We improved diet and gave one herbal remedy. In just one night with this herbal support sleep was sound and of course energy was much better in the morning.
Nutritionally Yours has a Naturopath, Medical Doctor, Wellness Chef, Counselor and a great customer service staff. We are here to help you feel your best. We offer health supportive consultations in office, over the phone or via facetime for people not able to visit our clinic. We are located in Roswell GA, just 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA.
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Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC
Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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By Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC