Alternative Medicine

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Alternative Medicine

I practice alternative medicine, but what is alternative medicine, what is it all about? Well definitions abound and some of them are quite bias in what they have to say.

A standard dictionary says:

al·ter·na·tive med·i·cine

Any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.”

While the often flawed Wikipedia has this to say:

Alternative medicine, fringe medicine, pseudo medicine or simply questionable medicine is promotion or use of practices which are unproven, disproven, impossible to prove, or excessively harmful in relation to their effect — in the attempt to achieve the healing effects of medicine.” Wikipedia (I disagree completely with their definition, RL).

I personally talked to one doctor who referred to the practice of alternative medicine as “Witchcraft”. These negative descriptions lead me to the conclusion that these folks really don’t know anything about alternative medicine and what it is about.

In reality, alternative medicine, (when offered by qualified practitioners), is the oldest and most proven and arguably the safest method of treating illnesses having far fewer side effects. They are treatments that are offered that are outside of what Mainstream Medicine offers and therefore seen by some as flawed or fake.

Now I freely acknowledge that there are fakes and shysters out there offering cures for literally every illness or dysfunction. I have an antique bottle with a label that proclaims it as “Dr. Smith’s Snake Oil,” it claims to cure about 20 different diseases. I know it is a fake and you would also simply by reading what it claims it can do.

Alternative Medicine Today

When it all began alternative medicine was taught by life experience. One person’s experimented with plants and found that they were successful in treating certain illnesses. They in turn passed what they had learned on to someone else. Often they were called a Medicine man or woman, a Shaman or in some cases even a Witch Doctor, (simply because people didn’t understand what they were doing). They would take apprentices and train them in the ways plants interacted with our bodies.

Today things have changed considerably as far as teaching and learning alternative medicine. There are a number of schools available for those who wish to learn about alternative medicine. I attended one myself, “Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing.” You can attend classes at the school or take online classes also; however the final classes must be completed at the school to become a Master Herbalist. I have not progressed to the Master Herbalist level yet, but I am a “Certified Family Herbalist” at this point. That’s much like having a Junior College degree in herbal medicine.

Is Alternative Medicine to be trusted?

From my experience with alternative medicine, it is very trustworthy. Alternative medicine takes in many branches of study, a few being herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture. Each of these branches has long and proven track records of safe and successful interactions with people.

Here is the thing about the definitions and preconceived notions some have, they have so tainted the views of some that even the FDA will not allow practitioners to claim that they cure disease or illness. I read very recently of an Herbalist being arrested in Tennessee for claiming a salve he made would cure some skin ailment. It seems that simply using the word, “Cure,” can have very negative results.

Yet, I became personally involved with Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy through the practice of my family doctor while living in a third world country, (He was also an orthopedic surgeon trained in the United Kingdom). He took care of my problem then and later when we moved back to the United States my lung cancer was cured using alternative medicine only.

You see, it is more than just studying plants, you also study the human body, how it is put together, how it works, all the way down to the cellular level. Certified or Master herbalist may not be licensed by most states, but a good one has trained extensively.

So yes, Alternative Medicine can be trusted! It is proven and practiced around the world!

Resources

You can click on the link on the side of this post or check out a few resources below:

The Herbal Legacy of Dr. John R. Christopher, M.H., N.D.
http://www.HerbalLegacy.com

This site is full of good information about illnesses and herbs that will help.

Christopher Publications
The best source for herbal education and home to all of Dr. Christopher’s writings.
http://www.christopherpublications.com

A Healthier You Radio
Listen to the archives of David & Fawn Christopher’s weekly radio show, A Healthier You.
http://www.ahealthieryouradio.com

When you have flu what can you do naturally?

When you have flu what can you do naturally?

 

The lowly Red Raspberry Leaf a key to good health

One of the important questions for us to day is: When you have flu or a cold what can you do naturally? One answer is Red Raspberry! Red Raspberry leaf is a minor miracle among herbs and one of my most favorite to use. It will boost your immune system and protect you from many things, and especially things like the flu and colds in most cases. It is especially high in Iron and Vitamin C.

Many folks love Red Raspberries! They enjoy this slightly tart red fruit. They make pies and jams, tarts and smoothies, but no one really thinks about the leaves of the plant. Yet the Red Raspberry Leaf really doesn’t have as much of a “fruity” taste as you might expect. The taste is more green and earthy, yet it is a very mild taste. I normally mix it in with another tea, such as a Green tea or a fruit tea such as Acai or Blueberry, but most often I use Elderberry.  All of these teas help boost and protect the immune system and fight the flu and colds. If you are already sick with the flu, (diarrhea, etc.), the Red Raspberry Leaf will help a restore the minerals you need to stabilize your system and calm your stomach.

Raspberry provides natural amounts of the following:

*(See note)

Alpha-Carotene Manganese

Alpha-Tocopherol Niacin

Ascorbic Acid Pectin

Boron Phosphorus

Calcium Potassium

Chromium Riboflavin

Fiber Selenium

Iron Silicon

Magnesium Thiamin

Malic Acid Zinc

(*From book: School of Natural Healing (Dr. John R. Christopher, Christopher Publications, P.O. Box 412, Springville, Utah 84663)

 

It is a proven fact in my life

I add Red Raspberry leave to my herbal tea just about every day. I don’t remember the last time I had a cold or the flu. I also do not take “the flu shot,” which is so readily available in our society.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

A History from Dr. Christopher:

“Dr. Christopher recounts in his book the story of a woman who had several children and two of them came home from school with the flu. They called Dr. Christopher who gave them this instruction:

He said: “The last time I was over at your house, I noticed you had a large patch of red raspberries.” “Yes the woman said, but what does that have to do with the stomach flu?”

Dr. Christopher instructed her to “Go out and gather several bushels of leaves from the red raspberry bushes. Make it into a tea, just take a big handful of the leaves and pour a pint of boiling water over them and let it steep for 20 minutes.” The lady gave it a try and afterwards she said She had two children who had had come home sick that day and might have been out of school for days or weeks like some of her other sick children. After starting the tea all of the children were able to go back to school the next day. Also, she and her husband didn’t catch the flu either. Red Raspberry Leaf is a powerful medicine.”

 

Other Additions to boost the immune system against the flu and colds

Echinaccea 2-4 capsules every two hours if you are feeling flu symptoms. (If a tincture 1 dropper full every 2-4 hours Echinaccea is antimicrobial and will help build the immune system.

Cayenne – (this powerful herb can be purchased in capsule form). At the first signs of a cold take 2 capsules with plenty of water. If possible get into steam, such as a hot shower. The Cayenne will probably cause you to sweat and it opens your blood vessels and increases your circulation.

Garlic – This is great to use for its antibiotic properties. Take as much as you feel comfortable with. I like to take organic chicken broth, (home made if possible), and add several cloves of garlic as well as onion. NOTE: As an alternative you can chop fresh garlic and mix it with Vaseline. Apply this mixture to the bottoms of the feet and wrap in plastic wrap and then place socks over this. It will enter your system and you will taste garlic, (as well as having garlic breath). This works best of done over night, but can be done anytime when you don’t have to be on your feet.

Supper Garlic Immune formula by doctor Christopher. If you can’t put the garlic poultice on your feet, you may try this product. This is a distilled garlic juice with high potency. Take 1-2 Tablespoons every few hours.

Dr Christophers Super Garlic Immune 4 oz