Why Herbs Don't Always Work

Those who venture into the world of herbalism without proper guidance or resources may find themselves at a dead-end of seemingly useless herbs. They've tried the pills, brewed the teas, imbibed the tinctures -- but nothing seems to work. The promise of natural, holistic medicine suddenly appears to be a hoax, a medicine cabinet full of fragrant placebos for delusional souls.

Crystal Aneira, whose blog Herbal Riot is a marriage of paganism and herbalism, details in this comprehensive post the wide variety of reasons that people experience a blockage when it comes to herbalism, from improper dosing and decaying plants to expecting instant results.

For those who rely on mainstream medicine, everything is sterilized, categorized, unified, and doesn't require much thought. A fundamental aspect of herbalism is engaging with the natural world and learning about the variety of long-held herbal traditions. This is the art of herbalism:

4. Ignoring the art of herbalism


The art of herbalism, not herbs alone, is really the keystone of what determines success when using herbs for chronic illness.


Simply put there is no ONE herb for fibromyalgia. There is no ONE herb for eczema.  


Instead we want to fully assess a person constitutionally, understand the energetics of their symptoms and use herbs to match the herbs to the person.


Whether you study traditional Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine or the countless other herbal modalities out there each of them has a specialized way of approaching illness. Looking up eczema in an article index and then determining burdock will work (which it sometimes does) is not practicing the art of herbalism. This is more the art of index retrieval.


People are complex, diseases are complex. If a solution seems too simple (particularly for chronic disease), it probably is.


Read the rest over at Crystal's blog.

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