Archive for Author Sharlene

AN AYURVEDIC SPRIG OF LAVENDER

Author: Colin I.H. Perry, TND, MH
Website: www.bearfootdoctor.com

Everyone that I have ever met loves lavender. It is not only a beautiful plant, but also a very useful one in the arena of natural medicine. It can be used in tinctures and teas and also externally as a massage oil.

In Latin it is known as Lavendula officinalis and in Ayurveda it is called Dharu. The scented flowers are the part of the plant that is used medicinally.

Ayurvedically, the quality or Guna of lavender is sharp, penetrating, oily and light. It has a pungent taste or Rasa. It’s potency or Virya is a cooling one. The post digestive effect or Vipak is pungent.

These attributes mean that it is a cooling and calming herb that can assist in nervous problems such as anger, insomnia, irritability and low self esteem. It can help relieve headaches. It calms nausea and is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, so is very useful in cases of infection.

Lavender is a cooling and calming herb that can assist in nervous problems such as anger, insomnia, irritability and low self esteem.

I often combine a tincture of lavender in equal parts with a tincture of Calendula officials to cleanse and dress wounds, as such it makes a perfect post surgical antiseptic.

Orally ingested it can treat asthma, colds, coughs and catarrhal congestion. Whatever your constitution, it can benefit you. It is an antioxidant and can reduce free radicals. It also has proved effective against parasites such as those causing the tropical disease Leishmaniasis caused by sandfly bites.

One of it’s constituents is a pentacyclic terpenoid called Amyrine. This is a strong anti-viral agent and has also been shown to have an important cytotoxic effects during experimental research conducted on tumours (David Bramwell 2004).

<<Blog written by Colin Perry, a graduate of Genesis School of Natural Health’s TND and MH programs.  Original post at: https://www.bearfootdoctor.com/blog.  Used by permission.>>

Products from the Hive – Part I: HONEY

Author: Darlene Jorgens

Honey bees belong to the genus Apis mellifera Linnaeus.  They are distinguished by their ability to produce and store great quantities of honey and also make their nests from wax.  Their products are exclusively derived from the nectar, pollen, or resin from plants.  In fact, plants need bees as much as bees need plants, and mankind desperately needs both the bees and the plants for our survival.  Apis mellifera and its symbiotic relationship with both plants and people is an integral part of herbalism.

Honey is made when after having ingested plant nectar the bees store it in their honey stomach.  Yep.  They have two stomachs!  One for nectar and the other for food.  Once its nectar stomach is full, the bee flies back to the hive and passes the nectar off to other bees which then digest it with enzymes and filter out most of the pollen.  When they are done passing the nectar between each other and processing it it is stored in honeycomb cells, like little tiny jars all with their lids off.  Next, they use their wings to fan the honey until it evaporates to a 18 percent moisture content.  Finally, once it is completely transformed from nectar to honey, they cap each cell with wax.  Industrious creatures that they are, and unlike any other insect, they store up honey far beyond what they need, just as a billionaire socks away money in the bank.  This propensity to store up honey benefits both the plant and animal kingdoms.  A wise beekeeper will not extract too much honey from the hive.  It is important to leave enough “canned goods” for the bees to survive the winter and early spring.

In the past 100 years or so, along with the commercialization of the honey bee and their products, industry has deliberately enlarged the honey bee by increasing the size of the cell within the comb.  Greed is the motivation behind the thought that a larger honey bee will produce more honey.  This enlargement has weakened the honey bees’ resistance to disease as well as pests.  It is so common throughout the industry that it is not even mentioned in ‘beekeeper school.’  One just gets a list of chemicals to deal with the deleterious effects of the enlargement which include greater susceptibility to disease and pests like the Varroa mite.

As a result many beekeepers use antibiotics, pesticides, or fungicides to keep their colonies alive.  When chemicals are used in the hive they spread all throughout the hive and contaminate the wax, the honey, basically anything in the hive.  It is unfortunate that beekeepers are commonly trained in this manner.  Furthermore, consumers trying to determine the quality of the honey they are purchasing are taught to ask if the honey is local, raw, and unfiltered.  Truthfully, the most important honey questions we ought to ask are these:  “Is this honey raw, unfiltered, and chemical-free?”

“Is this honey raw, unfiltered, and chemical-free?”

In a quest for more natural beekeeping methods some beekeepers are turning to the use of essential oils in the hive to control disease, etc.  While essential oils are more acceptable from a consumer standpoint they are disruptive to the microbiome of the hive.  The answer for the problems caused by unnaturally large honey bee size is to allow nature to restore itself to the correct natural size.

To  accomplish this the beekeeper will use what are called ‘Natural Cell Size’ techniques.  This is the process to reduce the size of the bee by allowing them to draw their own comb and hatch out the next generation of smaller bees.  It takes about two generations of bees (bees generally live about 6-8 weeks) to complete the two life cycles it takes for bees to draw the comb twice (smaller each time.)  Basically, a smaller cell size produces a smaller bee.  It is amazing that the honey bee instinctively knows the size to draw its comb to “fit” properly.  How awesome for nature to have the capacity to correct itself.

If you are interested in learning about beekeeping and utilizing natural cell size and other natural beekeeping techniques, I would recommend reading:  The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush.  The book is available in print and the chapters are posted free for your reading pleasure on his website:  http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

What should someone look for when selecting a honey product?  This is an important question because we really do want all of the natural goodness of the honey!

Raw, Unfiltered, and Chemical Free!

RAW – “Raw honey is noteworthy for having considerable plant amylase.  The amylase does not come from the bee but is a true plant enzyme, concentrated from the pollen of flowers. . .”1  Amylase begins the process of digestion even before food hits the salivary glands.  Raw honey is full of enzymes, nutrients and antioxidants which are destroyed by high temperatures.  Most commercial honey sold in stores is pasteurized at high temperatures to keep the honey from crystallizing. To reverse the crystallization of unpasteurized raw honey, simply warm up the jar slowly in warm water.  Tip:  Don’t add honey to hot tea, rather, add it to warm tea 104 degrees or less to retain the honey’s nutritional value.

UNFILTERED – All honey is “filtered” in the sense that it passes through a large mesh screen.  After all, no one would want to eat it if they saw bee legs and wings floating around in it. The term “unfiltered” as it relates to the commercial processing of honey means that it has not been forcibly “pressed” through a tight filter which heats the honey and destroys nutrients, in addition to filtering out any beneficial pollen it may contain.  Honey should only be run through a large filter with no added pressure to remove debris.

LOCAL(?) – Well, that depends.  If the local beekeeper is attempting to raise their bees naturally, then by all means support them!  However, if you are ingesting “local” honey because of the popularly-held belief that the pollen content in “local” honey helps those suffering from allergies you may want to reconsider.  Actually, there is very little pollen in honey as the bees filter out all of the largest particles when they process honey.  There is pollen dust always floating throughout the hive and those particles will stick to the uncapped honey that is dehydrating.  Yet it is a very minute amount.  Therefore, it may be of greater importance to ingest a honey that is free of chemicals than it is to ensure a honey is sourced locally, unless it meets your high standards.  If someone is desiring seasonal allergy relief they should be directed to use the honey bee product that will produce the best result, either bee pollen or bee bread.  We will discuss these more in depth in Parts II and III of the Products from the Hive series.

For those who purchase commercial honey, please take time to read the label.  It is not uncommon to find pasteurized honey, filtered honey, and honey cut with corn syrup, among other ingredients.  The regulations of the country of origin determine whether honey may be cut with high fructose corn syrup, and/or made by bees who have primarily been feeding on high fructose corn syrup instead of nectar.  For instance, it is possible for honey to originate in one country, become contaminated with sugar and/or heavy metals, sold to another country for processing and cut with corn syrup, and then resold to the U.S. to be packaged and distributed.  Because the packing occurred in the U.S. there will not be any indication on the label of additives or processes that occurred in other countries.  Such “honey” will be lacking in any flavor other than sweetness, will not have the aromatic floral compounds derived from flower nectar, and have potential devastating toxicity.

Organic certifications are difficult to obtain in this polluted world and because of the difficulty are expensive for the consumer.  The remote areas are not very “local” for most people.  Honey bees are known to travel over three miles from their hive in search of pollen and nectar and are indiscriminant about the plants they draw from.  One’s best bet is to find a source free of chemicals, additives, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, artificial colors, flavors, and pollutants to ensure you are using a very high quality honey.

Herbalists Take Note:

Whenever we use herbs medicinally, they MUST be organic or wildcrafted.  We cannot expect the body to heal itself when we add more toxins to it.  Make sure your selection of honey is the highest quality for your remedies!

Nutritionally, honey is made up of 35 percent protein, may have some B-complex vitamins (mostly from the dusting of pollen it receives while dehydrating in the hive before it is capped.)  Other vitamins in honey are C, D, and E, along with traces of minerals.  It is not a high source of nutrients so it should not be relied upon for such.

As a sweetener preferable to sugar, “Honey is approximately 40% fructose, 31% glucose, 18% water, 9% other sugars, and 2% sucrose”2 which compared to white sugar has a more stabilizing effect on blood sugar.  Still it is very high in sugar content and should be used sparingly.  Keep in mind that honey is twice as sweet as sugar.  Typically, honey consumption will raise blood sugar for the diabetic for a period of two hours, instead of the six-or-more hour insulin spike caused by processed sugars.

A word of caution.  Do not feed or recommend honey to infants under one year old.  They do not have enough stomach acid to safely process spores such as Clostridium botulinum (Botulism.)  Honey is safe for children, adults, and babies after age one.

Beyond the familiar culinary use, honey has been used in beauty products from lotions and honey masks to creams.  As a medicinal, honey has antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and demulcent, and emollient properties.

“Honey and pollen cause warmth, clean sores and ulcers, soften hard ulcers of the lips, heal carbuncles and running sores.”                                                                                            ~ Hippocrates

The action of honey on bacterial growth, reducing wound infection by osmosis.

Science has not done justice exploring the medicinal use of honey.  Studies have proven it effective as a topical wound dressing that promotes rapid healing, pain relief, and decreased inflammatory response for those with wounds & burns. 3 Honey has the ability to sterilize infected wounds and minimize the formation of scars.4 It can be used to heal external ulcers and bed sores. 5 It is effective in combination with Nigella sativa (Black Seed) for the eradication of H. pylori infections. 6

Honey is one of a number of corrigents, meaning “corrective” as it can rectify a bad flavor and counteract a disagreeable effect.  Honey can be used alone as a corrigent because by itself it is altering or healing.

Honey mixed with vinegar is a known ‘carrier’ which is a delivery system for herbal remedies which boosts the assimilation of nutrients of the selected herbs as in the following two remedies:

Amish “Miracle Tea” – Make with the non-caffeinated herbal tea of your choice.  It consists of 2 teaspoons honey and 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar added to a cup of herbal tea.  The tea can be made in advance, refrigerated, and then used one cup at a time internally or even applied externally.  Just add the honey and vinegar to the tea at the time of use.

Sleepy-Time Tea – As a sleep aid try drinking a cup of chamomile tea with a teaspoon of honey mixed in half-an-hour before bed.  Both chamomile and honey have sleep-inducing qualities.  For a deeper, more restful sleep add valerian root.

Honey, mixed with a strong herbal decoction makes a sweet syrup which is more palatable for adults and children alike.  Honey is also helpful in that it thickens, preserves, and increases the shelf life of the product.  The end result is a soothing application benefiting conditions like sore throat, cough, dry irritated tissues, and digestive issues.  As a natural cough syrup, honey (even by itself) can reduce mucus secretion and coughs.  According to one study “honey was just as effective as diphenhydramine.” 7

When making syrups honey must be heated at very low temperatures to retain its healing properties.  If boiled the medicinal effects can be abated.  Here are just a few great herbs to try in syrups:

Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceous) Restorative to immune function for those having chemo and chronic illness.  Helpful in preventing common colds and respiratory infections.

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Great support for colds, flus, and other viruses.  Mild laxative and decongestant.  Inhibits the spread of viral infections.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) Helps clear phlegm and mucous from the lungs, urinary system, and the digestive system.  Specific for chronic irritation and infection of the respiratory system.  Great included in cough syrups.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Enhances immune function, treats colds and flus, and viral gastroenteritis. Is antispasmodic, antiviral, and aids digestive, muscular, and menstrual associated pain.

Lemon (Citrus limon) Fights colds and flus.   A well-known Amish cough relief remedy is lemon juice and honey mixed 1:1.  This does not need to be heated or reduced and can be taken completely raw.

Sage (Salvia officinalis) Known to relieve congestion and hoarseness.  Helpful for colds and fever.

We would love to hear your comments and questions about honey.  What is your experience using honey as a sweetener or as a medicinal?  Maybe you’ll want to consider using this delightful honey bee healer in your herbal preparation project!

 

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Getting from Point A to Point G (Graduation) & Beyond…

Author: Darlene Jorgens

Upon enrollment in the Genesis School of Natural Health, I remember reading everything possible on the website and then absolutely devouring the information posted on the Student Facebook Page.  Once, I received my letter of acceptance it was official!  A few days later my first books arrived, I printed out my tests and was putting feet to my dreams.  Life was exciting and fantastic!

It wasn’t long before I started getting ‘hit’ with life in a very different way.  My elderly mother began to have some lapses in her health.  I would pack up my books and make the 16-hour drive to her house.  Family was not always receptive to my new-found insights so I took comfort in offering the few things I could.  I made a salve using beeswax that helped to heal my mother’s toes where MRSA kept setting in. I also made bone-broth soups for nourishment (thanks to the GAPS book) and kept my visits joy-filled.  It usually wasn’t long before she was stable again and it was time to leave.  Gathering up my untouched books, I planned on getting to them when I returned home.

The last time my mother became ill, it happened suddenly.  My sister had taken my mother to the hospital and within three hours my husband and I were packed and on the road.  When we arrived in the middle of the night we learned that mom had a stroke.  Within a few days she was moved to hospice and my brothers, sister, and I sat vigil for days.  Waiting…  All other priorities were laid aside and my mother, when she was ready, peacefully found her place in eternity.  Eventually, my siblings and I returned to our homes.  Back to all the sameness, and yet I was different.  It was now time to de-“stress”, time to nourish my own body, time to grieve, and then time to re-prioritize

This is one of the beauties of the online study program at GSNH.  How comforting to know that we can take time for ourselves and others when we need it.  Personally, I am grateful that Genesis School of Natural Health does not have a rigid study timeline for each phase because there were times in my own studies that I needed to focus elsewhere and not feel the added pressure of my classes.  I would not have been able to keep up otherwise.

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However at times, there were a lot of other things that got in the way and although many of them very very good things, I allowed my studies to fall by the wayside time and time again.  “The devil is in the details” is a proverb that speaks to the ease by which we can become sidetracked and delay or even completely miss meeting our goals.  To get back on track, I took a hard, honest look at where I was spending my time.  I found things like too much Facebook and YouTube.  I spent a good deal of time doing extra-curricular studies, Facebook groups that I joined for the information but turned into someone else’s power trip, or a following “teasers” in search of real information that never seemed to be forthcoming.  I also realized that there were things I was doing for other people that they were quite capable of doing for themselves.  There were also projects that seemed like great ideas but really could have waited, and on and on.  So much wasted time!   I wonder, can anyone else relate?

Ultimately our lives will reflect the quality of the choices we make each day.  So we need to make good choices and be purposeful about our priorities.  Here is an exercise that can help bring clarification.  Name five goals that you would like to accomplish over the next two years.  Then set your five year goals.  If you are very motivated, try setting ten year goals as well.  Next, post them somewhere you can see them frequently like on the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator.

There are different ways of doing this exercise.  You can think of them as individual goals, business goals, or a combination of both.  You could also choose to work through this with your spouse or another important person in your life and incorporate their goals as well.   I guarantee you will be amazed at the way your goals can become a reality once they are acknowledged and become an intentional part of the fabric of the priorities you weave in and out of your days.

What techniques do you use to overcome the tyranny of the urgent and the multitude of tasks that present themselves each day?  We would like to hear from you!

(Copy and paste the form below to write out your goals.)

Goal Setting

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Five Years

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The Experiential Herbalist

 

In a workshop I listened intently as the herbalist spoke about getting to know the taste, temperature, and actions of herbs on a personal level.  I was both intrigued and challenged. Except for a few herbs that had piqued my interest, much of my knowledge seemed intellectual.  I too wanted to live and breathe herbs.  How did he get to know so many and so much about each herb, and how they synergized with other herbs, and which ones would help people in the best way? He knew them intimately because he used them!

There is no time like the present to increase our herbal experience.  So if you’re ready to “step it up a notch,” then get started intentionally using them.  Pick one herb each month to add into daily life.  In only two years you could have an in-depth knowledge of 24 herbs.  Now this may not sound like a lot, 24 herbal simples?  However, once you start combining these herbs the effects will multiply and so will your “experiential knowledge base.”  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Keep a notebook and journal about each herb.  Record everything you can think of about your herb selection.
    1. Taste? Bitter, sweet, salty, sour, lemon-like, acrid, etc.
    2. Smell? Minty “green”, floral, apple-like, etc.
    3. What does it look like as a plant, cut and sifted herb, powder? Color, texture, etc.
    4. Part of the plant? Root, leaf, aerial parts, flower, whole plant, etc.?
    5. Texture? Prickly, smooth, silky, gritty, etc.
    6. Does it taste differently as a powder, tea, tincture, etc?
  2.   What are its herbal actions as a single herb (herbal simple)?
    1. Does it act differently as a hot tea or a cold beverage? Effective cold/hot or not?  Bitter when steeped too long?  How much tea is effective? Is a tincture or capsule a better delivery method, something else?
    2. How long does it take to work? Immediately, 15 minutes, ½ hour, 2 hours, a day, daily for week, month, etc.
    3. Is it drying, moistening, or neutral?
    4. Is its temperature hot, warming, neutral, cooling, cold, etc.?
    5. How does it make you feel? Energized, tired, relaxed, edgy, think clearly, etc.
    6. Is it aromatic? If so, how does the scent affect you?  (Lavender, peppermint, chamomile, etc.)
  3.   What are its herbal actions when mixed with another herb or herb combination?
    1. You can ask many of the same questions here that you did of the herbal simple.
    2. How is the herb different in a compounded form? Stronger/weaker?  What ratio did you use?  How might you change that ratio for a better effect?
    3. How do different herbs or combinations bring out the best, or worst in this herb?
    4. Which herb combinations taste better or worse?
    5. Is the herb or herbal combination safe for children and the elderly?  How about pregnant or lactating women?

Be encouraged to try the herbs and form your own opinions before beginning your research.  You might find that you perceive an herb slightly different than others, and that’s okay.  It is not always a matter of right or wrong.  Learning HOW to know herbs is an invaluable skill. As we gain knowledge, we gain intuition.  So don’t let the reading of Materia Medicas become like reading a love story about someone else.  Take the opportunity to fall in love yourself!

If you have a question, suggestion, or an experience of getting to know an herb of your own that you would like to share, please do so, in the comments below!

May the joy of knowing herbs be with you!

 

Bug Away Spray

Bug Away Spray

by Regina Rigney MH, TND

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
  • 2 Tbsp. Vodka (80-100 proof) – preservative
  • 3 Tbsp. Carrier Oil with bug repelling properties (grape seed, jojoba, almond, olive, neem, or a combination of two or more oils).
  • 100 drops of essential oils (blend)

Any of the following essential oils can be used when making bug repellent. You may use just one or a combination of oils. Each oil has different bug repelling properties so it is much more effective to use a combination.

Basil Cypress Lemongrass
Bergamot Eucalyptus Peppermint
Cedarwood Geranium (Rose) Rosemary
Citronella Lavender Spearmint
Clove Lemon Tea Tree
Thyme

Directions & Use

Pour the the witch hazel, vodka, and carrier oil(s) into a 4 oz. dark colored spray bottle and shake well. Add the essential oils and shake again. Label the bottle! It is important that a dark colored bottle is used to protect the essential oils from sunlight. Store the bottle in a cool area (not in the car). Extreme heat will alter the oils making them less effective.

Calendula and Yarrow

Snip20160811_2Calendula and Yarrow:  Herbal Preparation Projects
by Barbara Richey

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

I made a caendula ointment. Calendula is a beautiful golden flower that can be found in eastern Canada, south through New England, west through Pennsylvania and Ohio, north through Michigan and Wisconsin.  In the west, it is cultivated in California.  Calendula features warm gold blossoms. Once they bloom the flowers can be picked throughout the season.

Calendula is an herb that is used to heal the skin. It’s great for scrapes, bruises, insect bites and minor wounds. It can also be used for sore and/or infected gums.  I enjoyed working with this flower because of all of the useful healing properties. I have family members with eczema and varicose veins. I created salves to treat their skin ailments.  PDF – Calendula and Yarrow

Stimulating Senses with Cinnamon

Carla BergStimulating Senses with Cinnamon  
by Carla Berg

There are a variety of ways to use cinnamon spice holistically. Below are just a few examples, along with how they can stimulate our five basic human senses. Within each category, the tincture process is explained, and then a medicinal use is listed as it correlates with our senses.

Sight: The cinnamon bark, derived from being peeled off an evergreen tree, curled into flavorful, long tubes looked delicious with their nice brownish red color. I knew this would be a popular tincture choice to have around this fall!

PDF – Stimulating Senses with Cinnamon

A Beekeeper in Mexico…

Snip20160811_1A Beekeeper in Mexico Named Gaudencio and  the Wonders of His Honey 

by Angela Blycker  www.peacefulwomenshealth.com

May 4, 2016

My husband and I recently took time for an unusual date:  We visited local beekeeper, Señor Gaudencio, in a small town called Nealtican, about a 20 minute drive from our home here in San Pedro Cholula in Puebla, Mexico.

We wanted to learn some of the methods and secrets of Gaudencio’s trade, get personal insight into the benefits of all the properties of honey and of course, purchase some of the pure golden sweetness for ourselves.

Gaudencio greeted us just outside his property, located on the edge of town.  His 55-year old eyes twinkled as he shook our hands, obviously pleased that some gringos were sincerely interested in his life’s passion.  Delicate purple flowers of spanish jasmine, periwinkle hydrangeas, traditional magenta bougainvillea and a host of other randomly planted flowers and cacti lined his dirt driveway. His simply constructed concrete white house was on the left, his work yard and buildings to the right.  We walked to the right, past the small pond filled with floating plants and koi fish and under the makeshift clothesline where fresh laundry hung.  The sound of bees filled the air like soft and busy music.  I instinctively darted to avoid them, but Gaudencio walked to his shop nonchalantly as if they were his friends and belonged all around him. PDF – A Beekeeper in Mexico…

Plantain & Borage

Collin2Herbal Preparation Project:

To complete the first part of this project, we are going to make two fresh herbal tinctures one of Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) leaves and the other Borage (Borago officinalis) flowers and leaves.

Then, to satisfy the second part of the project, we will produce a healing vulnerary salve by simply combining the two tinctures with organic coconut oil thus giving the skin the benefit of all three with their combined synergic effects.

Both tinctures were formulated by picking the fresh leaves, macerating them and covering this with 75 proof alcohol. This was then put aside for two weeks before straining the liquids off their marcs to produce clear filtered herbal preparations. We will discuss the Ayurvedic properties, actions and major indications of these herbs.

PDF – Colin Perry SG31 – Plantain & Borage

HOW WELL ARE YOU?

HOW WELL ARE YOU?

by Colin I.H. Perry

Before we can help anyone to get better, it is important to observe and question them carefully. Is that which is ailing them acute, chronic, severe or just transient and superficial? There are numerous ways of assessing health and wellbeing, two interesting methods have come from homeopathy.

Colin 1In the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s, Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg (1905 – 1985), developed a category of complex homeopathy called homotoxicology. This uses complex homeopathic combinations. “Homotoxicology is a homeopathic system in which a medical diagnosis is made, followed by an individualized assessment according to the severity of the disease. This takes into account the response of the patient’s self regulatory system to exogenous and endogenous stressors. Treatment is given, using predominantly homeopathically prepared medicines, to support the inherent self regulatory ability of the body rather than just treat symptoms, which are seen as an expression of the body’s own defense that should not be suppressed”.  (Biotherapeutic Index. A Compendium for Health Care Professionals. Briza Publications South Africa, 8th revised edition 2012.)  » Read more

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