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About Using Herbs

There are many common misunderstandings about using herbs to promote health today.

 

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How to use herbs – duration: 19mins 16secs

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This is a 19 min. presentation on how to use herbs and some common misunderstandings about herbs. The presentation is done by Vaidya Atreya Smith. Note that if you click on the small arrow on the left-hand menu the dark left-hand menu disappears and it is nicer to watch.

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About Using Herbs

There are many common misunderstandings about using herbs to promote health today.

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How to use herbs
– duration: 19mins 16secs

URL for Viewing: http://connectpro91461020.adobeconnect.com/p1wymimtdge7/

This is a 19 min. presentation on how to use herbs and some common misunderstandings about herbs. The presentation is done by Vaidya Atreya Smith. Note that if you click on the small arrow on the left-hand menu the dark left-hand menu disappears and it is nicer to watch.
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One common misconception is that herbs work like modern medicines in that they target specific places in the body. Medicinal plants, or herbs, have a long history as both medicine and promoters of health in human history. There is little doubt that – when used correctly – herbs can help people recover their health. This being said, it is important to understand that plants do not work in the same way as chemical medicines. Herbs work on homeostasis and metabolism generally. When the whole plant (e.g., the part of the plant traditionally used therapeutically) is used the therapeutic action is general and less specific. This is exactly why using the whole plant is safe, because its action is general and working more on homeostasis than a specific place in the body.

There is trend to change the way that herbs work by making concentrated extracts of the plant and either adding it back into the plant or marketing the extract itself as a product. People wrongly think that the extract is the same as the original herb and is as safe as using the whole plant. This is simply not true. In September 2016 I had the good fortune to meet and hear a lecture from Dr. Rama Jayasundar, who has a PhD from Cambridge in nuclear science. She is using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to understand medicinal plants as per Ayurveda. She has found that the whole plant in water solutions correspond perfectly with traditional Ayurvedic classification of taste, action, etc. However, when plant extracts were used the classification changed; when alcohol extracts were tested, they also changed. In fact, she found through repeated experimentation that only water solution based preparations of the whole plant (e.g., part of the plant used traditionally for a therapeutic result) matched the classical texts and classifications of the herbs. Dr. Jayasundar is also an Ayurvedic physician and works for the Indian government in research; she is the only person to date with a doctorate in both nuclear physics and Ayurveda.

Traditional healing systems like TCM or Ayurveda have always understood that herbs work in a broad, nonspecific manner. They also have developed many low-tech pharmacological methods to make extracts and increase the potency of herbs. In spite of having the knowledge and skill to do this the main way traditional systems of herbal medicine increased potency was by combining whole plants in formulas. The ancients found this to be a safer, more balanced method of administering herbs. This in turn means that they accepted that herbs should be combined with other herbs in order to target specific locations in the body. This is the approach we use at Ayur-Vidya™ and the approach I have used in my clinical practice over the last thirty years.

Another misconception is that herbs treat specific diseases. This misunderstanding is much like the first in that modern man is conditioned to think of disease as a fixed set of symptoms. This implies that the absence of symptoms indicates health.

Herbs rarely, if ever, treat specific diseases because a fixed set of symptoms (e.g., disease) is the result of some underlying malfunction of homeostasis or metabolism. In other words, the “disease” is simply what we can see, the cause of the symptoms is often due to a number of factors. Herbs do work very well to help restore health by working on ‘homeostasis’ (i.e., the tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes).

According to Ayurvedic medicine the managers of homeostasis are the cause of disease – the three Dosha, or Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When these managers do their job correctly the body stays healthy; when they function poorly, or are disrupted in their work then the homeostasis of the body is disrupted and disease results. Hence, traditional systems of functional health care tended to focus on the underlying causes of disorders rather than on the symptoms. The current obsession with symptoms is a very recent development in medicine and the history of human health care. The unfortunate problem is that people want to use herbs according to the modern trend of medicine and herbs simply do not work well on a set group of symptoms, or ‘disease’. That is to say that herbs don’t work well as symptomatic medicines. This is why modern studies rarely show medicinal plants as being effective treatments for diseases. Herbs work best when the cause of the disorder is addresses, not the apparent fixed symptoms.

Another misconception common today concerns dosage and the adage that “more is better”. This is especially a problem in the United States where we see excess as normal.

Most herbs work better in lower doses taken over longer periods of time. Plants are safest when used in lower doses and they also work better to regulate or correct the homeostasis when given in low doses. As I was born in California I have had to work consciously on using lower doses professionally with my patients and with myself. For many years, I followed the trend to use high doses thinking that larger amounts of herbs are going to give ‘larger’ results. The more I studied Ayurveda the more I noticed that Indians typically use very low doses compared to, say Americans from the USA. Over the last ten years I have slowly been reducing the doses I use professionally. The clinical results are better with lower doses. There are less reactions, less issues concerning digestive problems, and there is an overall better response to correcting homeostasis. I have noted that the Doshas (managers) become disturbed much less when using lower doses vs using high doses of herbs.

Another plus side of using low doses is that it is less expensive and the patients save money. I am constantly indicating doses of ‘over the shelf’ products (e.g., spirulina, etc.) that are one eighth to one fourth what is indicated on the label. Lower doses are easier to digest and assimilate than higher doses. An old dictum in Ayurveda says, “it is not what you eat, it is what you can digest that gives health”.

Still another misunderstanding is that herbs, or herbal preparations, will work well without changing diet and lifestyle. This in itself is the reason many treatments with herbs fail. It is related to the first two misconceptions that ‘herbs treat specific locations’ and that ‘herbs treat disease’.

As noted before herbs work generally in the body to correct underlying disturbances. Whenever possible it is best to treat these disturbances before they manifest as diseases with fixed symptoms. As Benjamin Franklin so aptly put it, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. So, using herbs to treat the underlying state, or foundation, of the body is the traditional approach of using herbs. Still further, all traditional forms of health care emphasis diet and lifestyle as the main source of health. Sadly, the symptomatic approach of the ‘magic bullet to cure every disease’ actively denounces any relation of diet and lifestyle to health. This was (and is) needed to remove the possibility that an individual could actually prevent or cure a disorder by their own effort to eat and live right. As symptomatic medicine is economic based it was / is important to remove the very idea that a patient can improve their health with diet, lifestyle and self-effort. Symptomatic medicine needs unhealthy people to sell pills to; for many years pharmaceutical companies have invested millions in “anti-obesity” medications because it is seen as the next multi-billion-dollar medical gold mine.

The fact is that herbs and herbal preparations are not chemicals; they are more like concentrated food. They are not strong enough to overcome a poor diet, or a lifestyle that is not suited to the individual. In order for herbs to work well they need support. We need to make an effort to live in a balanced manner and to eat real food that we can digest. When we support the herbal treatment with diet and lifestyle the results are often incredible; likewise, when we do not change our diet and lifestyle the failure of herbs to make any significant change is often disappointing.

Knowledge is power. Knowing what we want and starting to achieve that goal is empowering. Keeping this in mind we should start where we can. If we are a professional, then we can help the patient to understand that they do not need to change their diet and lifestyle radically in order to take herbs. Or they do not need herbs in order to begin to change diet and lifestyle. The best changes are those made slowly and consciously because we want to feel better. A little change in diet, or a small change in lifestyle is enough to give noticeable results.

Begin with what is possible, if taking herbs is where you can start, start with that. But know also that the more you support the herbal preparations with dietary changes and simple lifestyle changes the better results you will get. If herbs are not your thing, work on diet, or lifestyle, or both. Remember that herbs are not ‘magic bullets’ and will do their job slowly, but surely if supported.

When using this website it is important to understand that the results of the test taking from the Home page will give you the correct indications on what diet, lifestyle and herbal blends to take. Obviously, being honest is critical for this website to offer the correct advice as per the Ayurvedic heal care system. This website does not keep records of any kind – your test results are deleted when you leave the webpage, or the website. Therefore, we strongly suggest re-taking the test every month to note differences; you can save each test results for your own records.

DISCLAIMER: As with all herbal remedies, allergic reactions are possible. If there are signs of allergic reactions, stop treatment and seek medical advice. Ayur-Vidya™ does not recommend the use of our herbal products without medical supervision if pregnant, breast-feeding, or when given to children under the age of sixteen. Do not mix Ayur-Vidya™ herbal products with medications; consult your primary health care provider if unsure.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This website presents the point of view of traditional Ayurveda and may not be adapted to you or your health situation. Consult your primary health care provider if unsure.

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