Hungry Thoughts

Someone pointed out that I often say, “I shouldn’t be hungry!”

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Which, if you think about it, is a very ludicrous thing to say.  

This statement points out that I believe that one day I will get to the point where I will no longer feel hunger or need to feed myself.  

And I will get to that point someday: when I die.

But for now, I need to eat and I need to eat more than once every couple of weeks because I am not a snake.  

And you may be thinking, of course you need to eat, this is silly.  But many people have these same kinds of thoughts about taking herbs:  

  • I just need to take this herbal formula once, right?
  • I took the herbs the practitioner gave me but nothing happened.  It must not have worked.
  • The practitioner gave me herbs and I took them for a couple of days but I got bored, could not remember, did not like the taste, etc and I quit taking them.  
  • Awhile ago I took an herbal formula; I should never have to take an herbal formula again, should I?

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Herbs are food.  If you need food to live everyday of your life, it would stand to reason that you could use herbs everyday of your life as well, especially if the quality of life that you are experiencing is not what you want.  Herbs are superfoods, packed densely with quality nutrients.  When so much food is becoming denatured and void of nutrition, it is important to get it from high quality sources.  

I tend to be the kind of person that prefers to eat different things, not the same thing everyday.  Different kinds of food provide my body different compounds that it needs.  Just the same, different herbs give us different minerals and benefit different acupuncture meridians; so different formulas could be needed as the body’s needs shift and change.  

The only way to determine which herbal formula is good for your body at this moment is to notice what is happening and let your practitioner know what you are experiencing.  Your practitioner will be able to take your pulses and adjust your formula to give you herbs that will benefit your body where it is right now.  

Herbs only work if you take them, just like good food only nourishes us if we eat it.  We can think about leafy greens all we want but until we put them in our mouth, we are not getting their nutrients.  A practitioner may give us herbs but if we are not taking them they might benefit the container they are in but won’t do us a bit of good.  

Herbs, as a general rule, do not stay in the body for long periods of time.  If you are not taking your herbs in the recommended dosage and schedule that the practitioner has laid out for you, chances are you won’t notice them doing anything because they have not been able to reach the level in the body that is necessary to effect change.  

Herbal formulas may need to be taken for longer than the original amount given.  Practitioners tend to give small amounts in the beginning, maybe a weeks worth, to see how an herbal formula works for you.  It is important to check back in the time frame that a practitioner determines so that they can monitor how things are going.  A formula may be too strong or you may be experiencing issues that could be better served by another formula.  

Herbs can be a wonderful compliment to many different wellness and longevity plans.  But wait: do you hear that sound?  Yup, that is the sound of my stomach growling.  I need to go give it some grub with a side of herbs; because I do plan to live a long time!

 

A short Homeopathic Proving for Heracleum mantegazzianum

hogweedA short Homeopathic Proving for Heracleum mantegazzianum

a.k.a Giant Hogweed

by Armand J. Crolli, NC

© 2013, Armand J Crolli

 

The whole herb was wild-crafted and washed. Samples of the fresh root, stem, leaves, flower and seeds were weighed and used in the making of the tincture. The diluent was a 40% alcohol solution and enough added to achieve in all probability, a 1:9 to 1:10 dilution of the whole fresh plant, which is approx. 80-85% water content, to make a tincture comparable to the French Homeopathic CoContinue reading

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I Know What I Want and I Want It Now!

Just a small trip back to the early 90’s.  As silly as it seems, not much has changed.  Well, maybe the background music but definitely not the sentiment.

We live in a society that wants everything now.  The faster, the better.  We want things yesterday, not in ten minutes.  This includes our food, our entertainment, and even our healing.

We want to be better now!  We want to take a pill, have it all go away (whatever our IT is), and go on with our lives.  Period.

Acupuncture and herbs don’t work that way.  (Sorry to bust your bubbles.)

This is (unfortunately) a scenario that sometimes happens here at the clinic:

People come, wanting to try acupuncture.  They are excited, it is something new; (or maybe they are nervous because it is something new.)  They exclaim they have tried everything else and nothing has worked.  Acupuncture is their last hope.  They are hedging all of their bets on this.

And then it happens: three, five, seven treatments and their “issues” have not resolved yet.  Or maybe there is change but other things are changing, not the issue they came for.

There is frustration, disappointment.  

They ask “How long will this take?  When can I stop coming?”

We encourage; we know it can be a long process.

They are disillusioned, don’t understand; they want it “now”. 

They quit coming, they don’t show up for an appointment, they quit taking their herbs.  They jump to another treatment strategy that is going to be “the one.”  This time something will work, and fast.  It is the best new thing.

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You can’t blame them, we all want instant fixes.  We live in a society that tells us this is justified, no matter what the topic.  We don’t have staying power or follow-through when it gets hard because we are told we don’t need it. 

People expect Oriental Medicine to work like Western medicine.  And it doesn’t.  Oriental Medicine is a whole body approach rather than isolating a symptom or an issue.  While Western medicine narrows down, Oriental Medicine broadens.  Neither are better or worse, they just work differently; you can’t apply the rules of one to the practice of the other.  

It is important to have a clear idea of what to expect when deciding to begin a course of treatment.  Rome was not built in a day and the issue you are seeking help for did not materialize over night.  

This can be deceiving; it may look like a symptom suddenly broke out but what were the energetic factors and conditions that contributed to it being able to appear at all?  How long were these present?  How long has the qi been stagnant and not circulating?  This is the place that Oriental Medicine attempts to address.

This means that results are gradual.  Acute conditions may have relief in a couple of months; chronic conditions may take years.  The process is gentle, energetic, and transformative; and not instant.  

The process involves taking a look at what habits you have that contribute to the condition and changing them; which can mean lots of self-examination.  It also means sticking through when it gets hard.  As with any transformation, you have to stay long enough to see the magic; and there is always that dark moment where we are asked if we want to turn back or if we want to keep going.

The beautiful thing about Oriental Medicine is it focuses on body balancing; simultaneously you are affecting areas and issues you weren’t even working on.  It is fun to see patients who come in for a session saying something that plagued them for years is suddenly gone, something they did not even think was worth mentioning in the intake; something the practitioner did not even know about.  

For those who are patient and have staying power, amazing things can happen.  You just have to hang in there, keep putting one foot in front of the other.

And the thing is, when you keep going, eventually does turn into now.