The Dynamics of Herbal Therapy
Ps 104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: …”
Herbal remedies are a gift from God. However, the gift is in how we use them and its application. Rather than having a reductionist view of the properties of healing herbs we need to view them in their entirety. In other words, what is the effect on the whole body not one part?
Looking at what some of the attributes of herbs and plants for our healing,is not as effective as understanding the cause to effect or better yet the cause to prevention to cure of the ailments we are trying to take care of. Only Then can we better understand the healing process for the variety of herbs inclusive of the hows and whys of herbal therapy. We must take the initiative to educate ourselves about the ailments, diseases (affluent and non), and the many other health related issues we face every day. There is so much information out there for those who want to be in control of their health.
Here is how it works:
1. All herbal remedies are drawn from four basic groups.
2. The effect of the herb taken is defined by what group it is in.
3. Focus is on the body rather than the injured part alone
Herbs and plants dont heal us its the reaction rather the interaction with the body’s vital force to bring about the results we are looking for in the form of being healed. I like how Mike Brunnell from Our Fathers Healing Herbs says, “Just as fire from burning wood produces heat. Nutrients from food and herbs produce energy (vital force).” Wood does not produce heat its the chemical reaction of gases and oxygen etc with that wood that produce heat. So we are to remember that as it applies to herbs, that the properties in that herb or plant are inactive until we know how to use them in connection with our bodies.
I mentioned the 4 groups of Herbs:
1. Aromatics – Stimulates and speed up cell process causing an increase in systematic functions eg. Spicy and fragrant spices like peppermint.
2. Demulcents – soothes or clams down and softens cell activity absorbing toxins working on the digestive system. eg. slippery elm , Aloe Vera
3. Bitters – loosens, cleanses and causes oxygenation working on the liver. eg Dandelion
4. Astringents- Tightens and tones tissues that may make your lips pucker working on the immune system. eg. Roots and Barks
The first 2 are the influences on the vital force of the body and the second 2 are the influence on the structure of the body.
What are some examples of herbs in their groups?
1. Aromatics – garlic, peppermint, ginger, cayenne, chamomile, sage, fennel, lavender, hops, cloves, rosemary, anise, coriander seed.
2. Demulcents – aloe vera, flax seed, comfrey, fenugreek seed, wild violet leaves, marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, sassafras.
3. Astringents – yellow dock, white oak ark, yarrow, plantain, shepherd’s purse, cranesbill, raspberry, rhubarb root, uva ursi.
4. Bitters – Black walnut, wormwood, dandelion root, pau d’ arco bark, chaparral, barberry root, buckthorn bark, golden seal, valerian root.
Understanding the potential healing properties of herbs and plants gives us a natural approach and advantage for optimal health. There are mostly no extreme side effects that are life threatening with most herbs. They also promote in your mind, the accountability for your body and the needs and demands it makes. Drugs do not cure diseae. They allow temporary relief with numerous side effects including death.
An inspired writer once said, ” If the sick and suffering will do only as well as they know in regard to living out the principles of health reform perserveringly ( making needful lifestyle changes), then they will in nine cases out of ten recover from their ailments. Medical Ministry 223.4
Take care of yourself and your family by educating yourself on alternative methods provided by the Healer, Who created it all just for our use from the beginning of time because he knew what our bodies would need.