Contrary to popular belief, botanical medicine is not some ancient way of healing that no one uses anymore. Most of us come into contact with herbs every day! Common teas including chamomile, peppermint, and chai have specific functions on digestive and mental emotional health. Coffee is a strong digestive bitter and helps to promote digestion. Rosemary, thyme and oregano find their way into our kitchens regularly, but are also very strong anti-oxidants and inhibit the growth of bacteria. Even the main constituent of aspirin was historically sourced from the bark of the willow tree. As a matter of fact, many of our present pharmaceutical drugs are made from chemically manipulating the properties of these wonderful plants. How cool is that?
How Do Herbs Work?
Most people think of certain herbs being for certain conditions, such as St. John’s Wort for depression, but this view simplifies herbs into the pharmaceutical system that we’re used to. Herbs are not that simple. While pharmaceuticals chemically derive certain properties from herbs and remove the others, traditional herbs work holistically, meaning they find balance within the body. This means that St. John’s Wort doesn’t always necessarily increase serotonin like an anti-depressant medication, but rather works toward balancing all the neurotransmitters within the specific individual. St John’s wort is also an anti-inflammatory, nerve-healing, liver protective, and sedative herb.
How Does Dr. Meagan Purdy Use Herbs?
Dr. Meagan Purdy creates custom herbal combinations based on each individual considering their constitution, ailments, and health goals. Herbs are often coupled together to make a synergistic compound that’s specific to you. Herbs are always given with the intention of them being a short-term remedy. Dr. Purdy’s healing plans include rotating herbs to speed up good outcomes and retrain the body to start optimizing itself without outside influence.
Most commonly, Dr. Meagan Purdy utilizes tinctures, which are herbs distilled in alcohol or glycerin in a concentrated manner. It allows for high doses of herbs in an easy to take liquid dropper. She also loves using medicine in tea form. Who doesn’t like healing over a nice cup of hot tea? Occasionally, she’ll recommend taking herbs in pill form if very high, standardized doses are needed for a time.