Posts Tagged ‘herbal medicine’

Herbs – Our Little Helpers for Coughs and Colds

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Why is a Liquid herbal mix so effective with colds and flus?

Herbs – our little helpers. Santa Claus isn’t the only one that needs helpers, from time to time we do too. Especially around this time of year as people are often effected by those persistent coughs and colds.

Do you try to ride the cold out only to have it drag on for another few weeks and just when you’re feeling better contract another cold to do it all again? Or just come down with that one cold a season that renders you in-operational for days bordering on weeks? Either way it’s not any fun battling colds and flu.

Why is a liquid herbal mix made for you so effective? Vitamin C and zinc are well known for supporting immunity and then there’s herbs. There are many herbal supplementation formula’s so why is it better to see a naturopath specifically for a cold? Does that bottle of liquid herbs (fertiliser or twig juice otherwise affectionately known as) really work? And if so, why?

Basically, herbs are multi-faceted in action. That is each herb has many constituents which each support different aspects of body systems in different ways. In other words herbs are broad-spectrum in action. Essentially one can say that herbs can be selected to create a formula specific to support for the individual’s health needs at that time.

For example, herbs such as Echinacea and Andrographis are particularly well known as immune supporters but they both support other systems in the body which as an end result contributes to the speedy recovery of the patient. That is, Echinacea stimulates and modulates the immune system but also increases circulation, helps vasodilation and supports lymphatic drainage. That means when you’re glands are swollen with a sore throat it helps to drain them and clear away the waste products from each cell efficiently.

Whereas Andrographis stimulates the immune system and also supports liver function, stimulates bile flow and is one of the strongest anti-oxidants of the plant kingdom, which are all important actions to promote and protect each cell whilst the body is under fire of an infection.

Although the predominant focus of action of these two herbs is supporting immunity, each of them also support the body in different ways. They are both suitable herbs individually but more effective together as a team. Therefore it is advantageous to combine these two herbs in one formula for a synergistic effect. That is, different actions of herbs working in harmony to support the one overall health goal – in this case help the body fight the infection.

When considering an herbal formula for any particular pesky cold there are certain factors which are taken into consideration. Factors include:

  • Presenting symptoms – sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, digestive changes, aches and pains, feeling of malaise
  • Progression of symptoms – how fast are these symptoms appearing? What is the usual progression for this person? Is this going faster or slower than usual
  • Health history – Does this person come down with colds & flus a lot? If so how long does it normally take to recover? Does it normally develop into secondary infections such as coughs, bronchitis, etc. Are there other factors in this persons health history which lead to this point?
  • Other current health issues – how efficiently are other systems working in the body? For example, often when the liver has a lot of detoxification to do it can impede the efficiency of the immune system and making recovery a lot more drawn out.
  • Lifestyle factors – is the person burning the candle at both ends? Are they coming into contact with other infected people?
  • External stressors – Stress does not help at all. Is this person really busy at work? Being sick can add to stress when the daily to-do list is not getting any shorter!
  • Current dietary factors – Is this person eating nutrient packed foods? If so, is it enough?
  • Sleep quality – Is this person sleeping well? Are they getting enough sleep, rest and reco-operation for the body to recovery?
  • Daily energy – how is this person’s energy throughout the day? Are they wiped out by lunchtime and reaching for stimulants for energy.
  • Iridology or constitution – Are there area’s of the body when it’s under stress needs more support than others? i.e. some people have very sensitive nervous system’s other’s have very sensitive digestive systems.

The basis for creating an efficient herbal mix for the individual relies upon the consideration of each herbal action matching them with areas of the individual’s body which needs support to reach wellbeing again. For example with a cold considerations may include an herb that stops the mucous production of the sinuses, one to preserve lung tissue tone or help calm coughing or making a cough productive (depending on what that patient’s symptoms are) and another to support adrenal function and energy. Such herbs for each of these actions may have other actions such as supporting digestion, soothing raw inflamed linings such as the throat or further antibacterial and antiviral support. When mixed together this little team of helpers all creating a synergistic effect working together to support the body as a whole to reach wellbeing again.

 

Georgia Kilpatrick – Ba H Sc (Nat) – SSNT

Naturopath/Kinesiologist

Madonna Guy ND On the Radio!!!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I’ve been thinking how great it would be to be on the radio for years!  Having a love of public speaking and teaching people what I know, having any audience has always given me a huge sense of satisfaction.  I was a member of Powertalk International for 12 years or so, and now it’s finally happened!  Alex Bernard runs a show on 4BC on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and she’s a spicy entertainer who, no doubt, will challenge Madonna into action!  November 2009 is our first month on Radio 4BC (AM 1116) so tune in at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoons and check me out if you want to hear me in action.  I’ll be taking calls and look forward to helping people out across the airwaves.

There’s really nothing I don’t help treat (along with your doctors of course!) and as you’ll know it’s always about getting the body back into balance…  since I’m trained in naturopathy, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, kinesiology, learning problems, natural fertility management, live blood analysis, cellular analysis, bowen therapy and much more… there’s not a lot I don’t have experience with, or an opinion about!

Talk to me on the radio soon!

Madonna Guy ND