Herbal Medicine Columbia TN

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C V S/ Pharmacy
(931) 381-4190
Shady Brook Mall
Columbia, TN
 
Candle Shop
(931) 388-0217
104 Stonewall Road
Columbia, TN
 
Fox & Company Salon & Day Spa
(931) 381-1773
1211 Hatcher Lane
Columbia, TN
 
Chi Machine - Effortless Aerobic Exercise - It does all the work - you get all the benef
(931) 380-8811
Post Office Box 251
Columbia, TN
 
Billingsley John B District Of Columbia
(931) 359-3468
1024 East Commerce Street
Lewisburg, TN
 
Columbia Family Chiropractic
(931) 380-9177
1700 Carmack Boulevard
Columbia, TN
 
Columbia Chiropractic Health Center
(931) 388-6437
101 Experiment Station L
Columbia, TN
 
Clique's
(931) 388-4990
1129 Trotwood Avenue
Columbia, TN
 
Beech Back Pain Clinic
(931) 388-0965
1404 Hatcher Lane
Columbia, TN
 
Allen Randall Dr
(931) 359-5687
1270 South Ellington Parkway
Lewisburg, TN
 

Herbal Medicine

Years of traditional knowledge about medicinal plants is now supplemented
by research to create a healing systembridging both worlds.

By Lisa James

April 2009

The year is 1709, and you live on a remote farm in a British North American colony. Your stomach is badly unsettled. You could see a physician, but if you are poor (as most people were then) that really isn’t an option. So you visit the local herbalist, a layperson with a special knowledge of plant-based remedies. That person asks about your specific symptoms: Is your stomach acidic, indicating excess heat? Do you have gas when you eat, indicating dryness? Your answers determine the herb you would receive: angelica in the first case, perhaps, and maybe caraway seed in the second.

The year is 2009, and you live a hectic life in a large American metro area. Your stomach has been giving you fits; you try all the over-the-counter stuff before finally visiting a physician, who orders a number of tests. The news is good, sort of: no infection, no inflammation, nothing physically wrong.

Echinacea

You’ve been given a diagnosis of functional dyspepsia, a fancy way of saying indigestion without an identifiable cause. Still in discomfort, you visit an herbalist. That person respects the traditionalist approach in which whole herbs maintain a place of honor. But he or she is also aware of research in which an herbal formula that employs both angelica and caraway, along with seven other herbs, has helped ease functional dyspepsia. What’s more, the herbalist inquires about what else is going on in your life—and makes recommendations on how to reduce your stress levels, which provides a more lasting basis for relief of your touchy stomach.

The system of herbal medicine that took root in Europe combines knowledge traceable back to the ­ancient world with local practices. This healing tradition made its way to North America with the first European settlers, where it met the rich plant lore of the Native Americans. Almost lost in the 19th century, herbalism underwent a revival 40 years ago. Today, Western herbal practice is learning how to combine its traditional remedies with studies that support the remarkable healing power of plants.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Herbalism

The Greek physician Hippocrates was the first person in Europe to take a non-magical approach to healing. Out of his work grew the idea of four bodily humors—blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm—that had to be in equal proportion for good health. Treatment of sickness meant bringing these humors back into balance, and plants played an important role in that process. Humorism was systemized in the second century AD by Galen, a physician born in Asia Minor (today’s Turkey).

Milk Thistle

In the 15th century another physician, Paracelsus of Switzerland, was “the first one to advocate chemical medicine,” says Phyllis D. Light, RH (AHG) of the Appalachian Center for Herbal Studies in ...

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