Health tends to be greatly misunderstood. Either that or most people do not think of health like I do.
One of the first ways that people think when they want to restore health is allopathically. Allopathic means that a disease or condition is treated with a substance that causes the opposite effect of the symptoms – as in modern conventional medicine.. Examples of allopathic remedies include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, beta blockers, proton pump inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, COX-2 inhibitors, etc.
If you are over 50, chances are you are on one or more of these allopathic remedies also known as pharmaceutical drugs. Allopathy works to address symptoms. Symptoms are the body’s way of reporting an imbalance. Merely treating the symptoms does not address the cause of the imbalance. Treating just the symptoms tends to result in greater imbalance sometime in the future.
Yes, I did say that treating just the symptoms tends to lead to greater imbalance in the future – meaning that you are not getting well by taking an allopathic medicine. Now there are cases where the allopathic medicine helps you have the quality of life you want and it can hold life threatening symptoms at bay, but allopathic medicines do not restore true health.
If you follow my column, or have visited with me, surely you know that I am interested in why your body is functioning the way it is and what is causing that – ie. finding the underlying cause. In searching for answers, I always think of the confession in the Episcopal prayer book. What has been done that should not have been done and what should have been done that was left undone?
I tend look at issues nutritionally, because that is what make sense to me. The answer for most health problems typically involves more than just one simple pill. The issues tend to be complex and unique for each individual. In other words, your high blood pressure has a different underlying cause than my high blood pressure.
From my perspective, if you give the body concentrated nutrition that helps correct deficiencies, the body balances itself over time. I like herbs, vitamins and minerals because they can help restore health to organs and glands and help the body work better.
Part of the reason that the natural remedies seem to be so confusing is that what works for one person may not work for another. Natural remedies work when they correct the underlying cause of the condition and not because they are working to suppress a symptom of imbalance.
Herbs and natural remedies were not meant to be used allopathically except in certain acute situations. Herbs are natural, concentrated packages of particular nutrients that help correct the result of imbalances in nutrition. Specific herbs have an affinity for certain organs or systems: dandelion cleans the blood; red beet root cleans and nourishes the liver; hawthorn strengthens the heart while relaxing blood vessels; etc.
To get healthy, or just healthier, think about underlying causes - not just symptoms and see what you can do to help your body get back in balance.
Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas. www.naturalcowgirl.wordpress.com