Saturday, December 29, 2012

9 Reasons Why Herbs Might Not Work

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Tizi said...

A big one for me is understanding and sticking to a protocol you and your herbalist have agreed upon and also modifying as things improve or progress. We would never just see the allopathic doctor once and expect to be taking the same medicine, in both amount or formula for ever, but we expect this from when we do not engage in the process results might not be there! Ultimately for me, it's all about developing a healing relationship with these plant beings and myself!

Rosalee de la ForĂȘt said...

That's a really important one Tizi, thanks for sharing it!

StarDragonfly Herb Company said...

Thank you for this article, Rosalee. I have an herb shop in a small Texas town and several of the topics you covered on why herbs may not work, I have actually had conversations about with customers. Folks are coming around, but so many still want "that quick fix from the doctor." (I do have a lot of customers that trust herbs and know how they work. These folks are a joy to work with!) A lot of folks just won't take the time to sit and really discuss what they really feel like they need or they catch me when I am very busy and cannot give them the quality time they need.

Anonymous said...

You have some excellent points. One thing that I feel us important us to treat herbs ad a technology and not an ideology. When properly used, herbs work, whether you believe in them or not. "True believers", those people who preach never using anything but herbs (even when they clearly aren't working) do tremendous harm to herbal medicine. To that end, it's important to accept that sometimes pharmaceuticals are better for some things than others.

Michelle said...

A few more that I would add:

1) Effects of herbs can be subtle. The direct effect is sometimes hard to measure and while herbs work on the physical level, they also work on the emotional, spiritual, and other levels. So the experience might be that a certain herbal formula was given and taken for a period of time. The person notices some physical changes but is not 100% better. Yet, they begin to naturally modify behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle which leads to even greater health.

2) Belief. Herbs are not a placebo, but I think that the mind and expectations can be powerful.

I'd also like to add a word about topical treatments for skin conditions. I've seen the application of oils, herbs, clays, etc. work quickly and permanently. 60% of what is put on the skin is absorbed and so topical is just another route of administration. I would also argue that if the digestion is impaired, it could be a more effective route. Granted, people with chronic conditions usually do need to use some other medicines, whether herbs internally or lifestyle/dietary changes.

Anonymous said...

Great article, and thank you too, for the reminder on expectations. Herbs can and do work miracles, but we must keep in mind, that especially things that took some time to aquire, will need time to heal. One other reason herbs will not work I ran into is, that someone will not take them. Obvious, but in each case someone made a big deal how what I gave them is just not working, it took a while before they accidently admitted to not using it.. Since then, that's my first question.
Sadly, some people are attached to their ailments and afraid that herbs WILL work, rather then not.
Funny fact

Jodi said...

I have also found that one reason why herbs don't work for some is that they forget, or don't understand, that the body works as a whole. They are more concerned with fixing what's broken, when what's broken may be an observed manifestation of an undiscovered issue within. Whether the issue is physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. The lack of realization, or non-acceptance, that the emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellness of a person is just as important as the physical can lead to ineffective treatment. Also, ill health in those areas can have physical manifestation as well and unobserved physical disease can manifest in ways a person may not consider, or believe, is connected to their manifested illness. When treating disease, especially with chronic illness, it is essential to balance the whole body, mind, and soul in order to achieve complete health. Many people don't understand, or accept, this premise and, therefor, will find that herbs may not work for them.

Acuumyst Report said...

Very informative. I agree with concept of freshness and quality of herbs. But I also think, too many herbalists want to play "gods" and think they know more then the Nature. I believe and also my experience tell me that the Nature developed a herbal or food remedy for every disease and disorder, known to man, we just have to observe. The concept of creams or tinctures is very foreign and distasteful because it goes against basic scientific and herbal knowledge, the heat kills and sterilizes and the solvent what ever it is made from, does the same.

The Hippocrates 2500 years ago understood that, we should start to learn that now in 21st century.

Acuumyst Report said...

I agree with you about freshness and quality but the concept of heat and solvents goes against the logic. You are just supplying a "dead" concoction. Right from Hollywood witch movie.

I believe very strongly that Nature developed a herbal to treat every disease or disorder, acute or chronic, known to man, we just have to observe. We can blend for synergy effect.

The Hippocrates knew that 2500 years ago, it's time for us to learn again.

Also I strongly believe that Nature made everything simple. If your herbal blend is complicated, it will not work.

Anonymous said...

I believe to have a harmonius life (including being healthy) is a balance of mind, body and spirit. Herbs cover the 'body' part of the equation and the other 2 parts (mind & spirit) must not be ignored because they are all inter-connected. My personally belief is that all diseases start at an energetic level and by the time it reaches the physical level, that is the last level. Eg. Herbs will not be able to cure deep-seeded subconscious fear that manifested into emotional or physical symptoms if the underlying energy blockage is not removed. That is why I work with herbs and energy simultaneously. This is just my 2 cents.

Astaire Roorda said...

Very interesting! I'm currently studying homeopathy, and I see many parallels between the two healing modalities.

Michaela Maestas said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH,,, This is very helpful. Right on target… take the EGO out of being an herbalist, get real, be clear. And it is ok to NOT be " right " all the time, to change , change ideas, , change our minds, , learn new skills, let go… re learn !
Michaela Maestas
Mother Bosque Gardens
Corrales NM 87048