Monday, December 10, 2012

The Power of Herbs

Do you believe in herbal medicine? Would you ever use herbs as a cure or part of a cure?

I'm a believer. I don't shun western medicine but I use alternative therapies too. Seven years ago I contracted Ross River Fever from a mosquito (darn thing!) and have never fully recovered. Western medicine has no way of coping with this, or helping me to cope, so I rely on alternative therapies.

Anyway, the past few weeks I've had no voice, not really a cold just a virus attack. So I went to see my herbalist (is that what they're called? I have no idea what to call her, she's just Joy!) and she gave me Fenugreek and Poke Root.

I laughed, out loud. Poke Root? It's too funny a name... and for me... even funnier.

Anyway, after 5 days of Fenugreek and Poke Root, my voice is returning and I feel more alive. Last year when I didn't go to see her and had the same no-voice-thing, it took me six weeks to recover (actually, I did go to her in the end, she gave me peppermint and I got better, but I wasn't sure it cured me).

Thank goodness for Poke Root and Fenugreek and herbal remedies. I couldn't live without them.


  1. Glad to hear your voice is on the mend! Herbal medicines are very powerful and although I don't consult a naturopath or herbalist, I'm lucky enough to have a chemist who is very proactive in recommending herbal remedies instead of synthetic drugs. And given that she knows the mainstream medications I'm on, it has the added benefit of ensuring I'm not doing anything wrong!

  2. Oh, Lou, that's great to have a mainstream chemist with herbal tendencies. My herbal lady is a nurse too, so I feel comfortable with her (plus I don't often take mainstream drugs). I like being able to blend therapies.

    Thanks for being my best commenter :)

    Cate xo