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The Three Doshas
THE YOGA OF HERBS
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), between 65-80% of the world still use Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) in their healthcare practice. Phytotherapy is a term used to define the use of Traditional Herbal Medicine (THM) supported by traditional use and scientific research. The combination of ancient wisdom and modern technology is forging a path to a new medical paradigm for a changing world.
This evolving approach is not without its challenges however, with lack of funding into research being reported as the biggest barrier to WHO’s commitment to “strengthen the role T&CM plays in keeping populations healthy”. This undertaking is most welcomed by professionals in the T&CM community. However, there are already thousands of studies in the public domain that support the safety and efficacy of various herbs for medicinal use.
Herbs have very powerful actions and can be contraindicated with some conventional medicines. It is for this reason that my extensive training included qualifications in clinical medicine, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, integrated pharmacology and clinical practice. It is important to note that most adverse effects encountered with the use of herbs are due to over the counter or self-administered treatment, rather than through a qualified practitioner.
Herbal complexes may be derived from seeds, roots, leaves, flowers, bark or whole herbs. In my practice I use tinctures, extracts, powders, capsules and loose teas. These will be chosen based on the of outcomes of the consultation process and will be unique to each and every individual, and in accordance with the Six Principles of Naturopathic Practice. The herbs that I choose may change as your symptoms improve.
During my herbal medicine training, I learnt to develop an awareness of the energetic properties of different herbs. Therefore, as well as considering the actions of herbs, and in keeping with Woods Way’s holistic philosophy, I also incorporate some of the principles of Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine into my practice. This means that I will be prescribing according to your individual constitution whilst balancing that with the energetics of the individual herbs.
The three Doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapah, is a concept at the heart of Ayurvedic Medicine, which identifies the different human constitutions and their influence on the emotions as well as the physical body . This is akin to the Four Humours developed by the Greek physician Hippocrates and the Five Elemental theory of Chinese Medicine. Your herbal remedy will take into about the energetics of each herb in accordance with your dosha.
of the world’s population rely on herbal medicine as a primary source of healthcare.
For almost 40 years there has been an increase in the use of herbal medicine, which has lead to research which suggests that up to 80% of the world’s population rely upon herbs and supplements as part of their primary healthcare. For example, 40% of healthcare delivered in China is through the use of traditional medicine, with specialist units for its application can be found in 90% of hospitals.
For this reason, Doctors from within the allopathic medical industry, who would normally not be well trained in herbal medicine and nutrition, are paying attention. Functional Medicine, which is grounded in Naturopathic Philosophy, is now becoming more mainstream, as is the role of the Naturopath and Herbalist. Never has there been a better time to reassess how we look at medicine, with a much needed refocus on health rather than disease.
of the world’s food requires carbon rich good soil. Up to 60% carbon is lost to conventional farming
Supporting organic and bio-dynamic farming is one way that the individual can encourage soil security. Not only does it omit the destructive influence of chemical farming, but it also encourages the microbial diversity that is required to reverse the current situation. The loss of up to 60% of our organic carbon is a contributing factor to the depletion of vitamins and mineral in our farmed food.
According to a Government report the loss of our organic carbon has increased the risk of affecting climate change. Soil restoration not only regenerates the fertility of our lands but can slow down global warming. It is for this reason that the herbs used at Woods Way Wellness are bio-dynamic and or organically grown, wherever possible. In my practice I also use massage oil from Neals Yard massage, on of the UK’s few carbon zero companies.