After my last doctor’s visit this past week, I have a newfound motivation, inspiration, and a sheer drive to continue along the path of herbal enlightenment. Now before I can continue, I feel the need to restate our disclaimer:
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I appreciate the advances of medical science. It is because of these advances that people have access to operations that can save their lives. I went because I was interested in becoming a kidney donor. After two full days of testing, 17 vials of blood collected, chest X-rays and Cat Scan, I practically received a full profile of my Urinary System, the system that eliminates nitrogenous wastes from the body, regulates water, electrolyte and the acid-base balance of the blood. There is no way that I could have received the necessary data or potentially go through with the surgery if not for modern medicine.
Likewise with my wrist surgery. After accidentally poking myself in the wrist with a very sharp blade, I needed surgery to repair my flexor pollicis longus and flexor digitorum superficialis, without which I would not have had mobility of my thumb anymore.
Thank you modern medicine.
But with modernity, should we forget where we came from? I ran across a great Site that gives a formula for creating herbal tinctures, a practice that I have come to know and enjoy for the past two years. Call me a hippie, but there is a connection I feel when taking alternative medicine as a means of preventative medication. I mean I simply feel better both mentally and physically in my body. But I got sneered at when I mentioned that I take herbal supplements verses over-the-counter medication.
And in being sneered, I thought to myself what medical practices were in use before technology and big pharmaceutics took over? How were people treated for their wounds? What does pharmaceutics have against herbal medicine? How effective is it to make and take our own medicines naturally verses taking something created synthetically in a lab? Why do doctors and pharmacist make me feel like a wierdo when I tell them I take herbal supplements? Please comment your thoughts below, and if you have time, check out the blog Old Ways Herbal. They have great stuff.