There are several different types of Natural Medicine sold in Health Shops. These are general descriptions of the various types so that you can make an informed decision on which ones would suit your constitution the best.
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in a healthy person would cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. It works in harmony with the immune system and triggers or intensifies the body’s own healing mechanisms. Homeopathy is a holistic practice and used for both acute and chronic conditions. Plants, flowers and minerals are diluted using a special method of shaking called ‘succussion’. Remedies prepared this way are called ‘potentised’ medicines. Homeopaths take into account each individuals’ temperament, habits and inclinations and will recommend medicine accordingly.
NOTE: We have a Homeopath on our Team. Contact us to find out which days Dr. Evelyn is on duty if you would like to consult her for expert advice.
Pronounced ‘ah-yer-vey-duh’, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed in India thousands of years ago and is based on the belief that your health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between your mind, body, and spirit. Every person is made up of elements found in the universe and these come together in the human body to form three life-forces or energies, called doshas. Good health is believed to result from the three forces or doshas being in harmony. Your Ayurvedic healer will use a wide variety of remedies to restore your dosha balance; from conventional surgery to massage, dietary changes, exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, sweat baths, enemas, fragrant oils and sound.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine forms part of an integrated system of primary health care known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which focuses on prevention, just as much as cure. Its origins can be traced back more than five thousand years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world. In Chinese herbal medicine, parts of plants, like the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. The essence of TCM is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between these two opposing but complementary forces affect your health and wellbeing.
Herbalism, also known as herbology or herbal medicine, is the study and use of plants for medicinal purposes. Plants have been the basis of medical treatments throughout human history and this is still widely practiced all over the world. Plants have the ability to synthesise chemical compounds to help defend themselves against predators and natural threats. Some of these plant compounds have proven beneficial to human beings in the alleviation of a variety of ailments. Parts of plants, like the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, tonics, granules, or powders.
TIP: Herb allergies can be common. It’s important to monitor your body’s reaction carefully when taking a medicinal herb.
Naturopathy is a holistic healing system based on the belief that the best way to treat illness is through stimulating the natural healing forces of the body. A Naturopath believes that symptoms of disease are the manifestation of the healing forces that the body uses to eliminate toxins and get the body back into balance. Practitioners rely on the healing power of nature, acknowledging the body’s innate capacity to heal. He or she treats the cause of illness rather than the effect. Naturopaths commit themselves to the principle of ‘do no harm’, only using safe and effective natural therapies. They treat their clients holistically, seeing the individual as a multidimensional whole, and educate, empower and motivate the patient to assume personal responsibility for his or her health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet.
Every human has their own energy field and aura, and plants too have their own unique energy signature. The healing power of flowers lies in their special energetic patterns or vibrational qualities. Edward Bach, who created the Bach Flower Remedies, discovered that water is the key to transferring the healing energy of flowers to human beings. When flowers are immersed in water and then left in natural sunlight for a couple of hours, the energy pattern imprints in the water. The resulting Flower essences can then be used to balance the human energy field and assist in healing emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances that can lead to disease.
TIP: If you have emotional feelings you would like to address, flower essences serve to balance a number of different emotions.
Biochemic Tissue Salts
Tissues salts were originally identified by the 19th century German physician, Dr. Wilhelm Schüssler, who prepared them according to a special grinding process known as trituration. Trituration makes these minerals easy for the body to absorb so they are effective even in minute doses. One of the major benefits of tissue salts is that they are very safe and can be used by anyone, including pregnant women, infants and the elderly. Tissue salts can help you to restore wellness from the inside out as they enable your cells to make better use of the nutrients available from the food you eat. [Source]
Aromatherapy is the science and art of using essential oils from aromatic plants to restore balance and promote health for the body, mind and spirit. The chemical makeup of essential oils gives them a host of desirable properties ranging from antibacterial, antiviral and antispasmodic, diuretic, and vasodilators to combat high blood pressure. They are also effective for treating infection, interacting with branches of your nervous system, modifying immune response and harmonising your moods and emotions.
Essential oils can be used in base seedoils for body massage therapy, they can be used in diffusers and burners to permeate their aromas through the spaces of rooms in homes and offices, as well as in baths to allow their essences to relax or detox.
Live Blood Analysis
Blood is the ideal medium to analyse your overall health status. Dark field live blood microscopy (DFLBM), Phase contrast live blood microscopy (PCLBM) and coagulated blood microscopy (CBM) are all the study of the components of the blood. Live Blood Analysis is not diagnostic, but, rather a screening tool which enables the qualified practitioner to question the patient about their current health situation in order to ascertain underlying factors that may be contributing to the patient’s body being out of homoeostasis or balance, which in turn can contribute to the interference of the body’s natural healing ability, leading to poor health.
NOTE: This service is available in our Health Shop and is provided by Noelene Kennedy. Contact us to book an appointment.
[Sourced in part from Holistica.net]