Hey guys, This has been bothering me for a long time. As always, leave me some feedback about your opinions.
While I do think Modern Medicine has really impacted modern herbal medicine, I am still tossing up if it is a good shift. Even though the positives are now that there are studies done on herbs and their uses rather than us just doing what we always have, the down side is in my opinion that many herbs which would show great long term use are being left by the way side since they don’t produce a fast enough result for modern society which expects the treatment to be quick, show results instantly and require the least amount of effort.
Until the field of natural medicine has more funding and allows us to do more studies and have a greater respect I don’t think it will ever be taken as seriously as a profession as orthodox medicine by the general public. Through access to higher qualifications in our chosen fields I think that our treatments of illnesses or herbs that improve general wellbeing will be taken more seriously which means we can do more studies and given more respect. Through the equal view of natural medicine practitioners and other streams of Orthodox Medicine on the same wavelength.
Anyway enough of my whining….Now For Something You Didn’t Know
From watching Herbalist David Hoffmann’s video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVJ4_BR9egE), I have learn that the main aim of Anti-catarrahal is to not dry up mucus, “if we did we would die”, mucous is the lubrication of the body. Golden seal in high doses (10-20 mls straight) can have a drying of mucous effect short term but the after affects can result in a bad headache. The idea is to increase the mucous flow, just that it is more watery in the attempt to shift the old stuff and after the catarrh will be under control, the leaves of the golden rod, eye bright, elder flowers/leaves are some primary herbs that do this. Some herbs that reduce the formation of phlegm are: Hedera helix, Thymus vulgaris and Grinderlia robusta.