Herbal Therapy

Medicinal Herbal Remedies

Our herbal therapy combines knowledge from Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, Chinese medicine and Western herbalism. The 3 ancient Eastern traditions utilize individual constitutional analysis, and formulate medicinal herbal remedies accordingly. Western herbalism concentrates on treating specific symptoms with the appropriate chemical constituents and actions found in various herbs. We combine the 2 approaches for a more effective herbal therapy strategy.

Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine share a common structure based on an individual’s energetic pattern tendencies. In Ayurveda, these are called the 3 doshas. In Tibetan medicine, they are called the 3 nyepas. Both traditions formulate medicinal herbal remedies dependent upon the individual’s birth or genetic constitutional tendencies, and the current dysfunctional tendency that is causing problems. Chinese medicine approaches constitution analysis with the 5 element theory, and Yin and Yang duality. Again, the therapy is based upon the underlying energetic patterns that are responsible for the both the constitution and imbalances. A good medicinal herbal remedy will decrease the unwanted patterns, while strengthening or building the normal functioning of the  genetic constitution. Western herbalism adds the benefit of focusing on a very specific desired action related to symptom relief, while again building the person’s inherit strengths.

Some examples of conditions treated:
medicinal herbal remedies - herbal tinctures
medicinal herbal remedies -dried herbs
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In higher healing, the living essence of plants is allied with the life energies of chi and mind.
Buddhist siddhi healing mantra

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Today we began the garden root harvest. There is still more to come, but we have a good start. Angelica, Marshmallow, and Elecampane started the season. I feel some cough medicine in the works!

Elecampane root (Inula helenium) is suited to conditions of Dampness and Phlegm due to its drying and expectorant qualities. It treats respiratory conditions such as coughs , asthma, pleurisy, bronchitis and infections. In addition, it is rejuvenating to the Lung Qi, and hence can be used as a Qi tonic. Elecampane also clears Phlegm from the digestive tract. It is a digestive aid and especially warming to the Spleen when dry fried. It can be used to treat nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, cholecystitis, gallstones and intestinal worms. Its anti-parasitic property makes it useful in treating malaria. Elecampane can be used externally to relieve neurogenic pain such as sciatica and rheumatism.

Angelica archangelica root is a warming diaphoretic, and a cousin to Angelica sinensis, the well known Chinese herb called Dang gui. Angelica archangelica is commonly used as an expectorant to treat phlegm in the lungs, and also to release Exterior Wind-Cold and dispel Wind-Damp in colds, asthma, coughs and bronchitis. As it dispels Wind-Damp-Cold, it is also used to treat arthritis and rheumatism. Angelica archangelica moves Blood, and is effective as an emmenagogue. As a carminative and stomachic, it can treat poor digestion. This is a fantastic and versatile garden herb. Processing the roots is an aromatic experience, and will leave your hands smelling wonderful, but sticky from the angelicin (resin).

Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a well know Western cooling demulcent herb due to its generous mucilage content. Marshmallow can be employed in a variety of conditions. It soothes cough, is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, calms fevers, tonifies Yin and clears Heat toxins. Marshmallow also stops bleeding. Marshmallow can be applied to any situation where mucous membranes are dry, inflamed or irritated, including urinary stones, cough/bronchitis/laryngitis, IBS/Chron’s, gangrene, cystitis, and ulcers. It can also be used to tonify Yin in wasting diseases like diabetes, and to stop various kinds of bleeding. The root and leaves may be used, with the root containing the highest amount of mucilage. Mucilage does not tincture well, so direct application or cold infusions are the best choice for medicine.
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