Does Herbal Medicine work? Why or Why not?

A good question! This is one that nearly everyone struggles with at some point or another.

First of all, let me say that yes, herbal medicine does work! But there can be several reasons that it doesn't work in a particular situation. I am only going to address the main reason, because, if this one isn't dealt with then the others do not matter.

I think that in looking at herbal medicine, we first must understand that we aren't all cut from a cookie cutter. We are as diverse as the snowflakes that fall in the winter!  When God knit each of us in our mother's womb, He created a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. A very special individual. With our own special quirks. Though we may share various aspects with other people, no two of us are the same.

We can all see the obvious differences- gender, skin,eye and hair color, etc. But there are so many differences that we cannot see. Differences in physical tendencies, moisture content, tastes, blood type and even personality. All of these make up an individual. Makes them special. And affects the way that their body will respond to a particular herb.

This is one reason why we, as herbalists, cannot simply say,  "Take this herb for that problem." We have to consider the whole person, not just the malfunction.

Many times, people will read an article or hear somewhere that a particular herb is good for__________. It may sound something like this:

"Studies have found that astragalus has antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system."

So, they run out and find some astragalus capsules and start taking them to get rid of their cold. And then they wonder why it didn't seem to help.

Here is why. If you do not know how to use an herb, OR if that particular herb is not the proper herb for your body, it can either exaggerate the problem or simply do nothing toward correcting the malfunction within the body.

This is where a trained herbalist comes into the picture.

We spend many, many hours and much money studying and learning the herbs, their function and their actions with in the body. We have poured ourselves, our time, our energies and our monies into learning when and  how to properly use each herb. Our job is to help you to find what you need and then teach you how to use it.

When you schedule as consultation with us, we take down as much information as we can to help us to get a good picture of how your particular body functions.

Then we spend many more hours custom designing a plan for you. We then teach you how to use food and herbs to unlock your own health!

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact us at  or  870-480-7703

Wishing you the best of health,

Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family

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Posted on April 22, 2015 .