HERBAL THERAPY REXBURG: Natural Remedies
At Integrated Counseling and Wellness, we are committed to you achieving the healthy happy life that you aspire to by helping you achieve your mental, emotional and relational wellness goals. Herbal therapy is an empirically based and time-tested approach that has powerfully helped thousands of people increase their mental, emotional, and relational well-being.
Achieving a Healthy and Happy Lifestyle with Herbal Treatment
At Integrated Counseling and Wellness in Rexburg, we are committed to you achieving the healthy happy life that you aspire to by helping you achieve your mental, emotional and relational wellness goals. Herbal treatment includes empirically based and time-tested approach that has powerfully helped thousands of people increase their mental, emotional, and relational well-being.
What is Herbal Therapy?
At Integrated Counseling and Wellness, we are NOT anti-medication—we are simply pro-wellness—we appreciate the ways in which both, modern medications and herbal therapies, can assist you in reaching your wellness goals.
These approaches need not be mutually exclusive. Indeed, research indicates that they shouldn’t be. In the words of Doctor Christopher Hobbs, “Since herbalists are trained in health and the use of gentle natural remedies and the physician in pathology or disease, both practitioners working together give patients many more options.”
What Conditions are Natural Remedies Used For?
By increasing the wellness and enhancing the clients’ stress response, our herbalist can influence issues of wellness regarding:
- Digestion problems such as Chrones and colitis
- Fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, menopause, hormonal imbalances, and PMS
- Persistent colds and flu
- Childhood sicknesses and allergies
- Lung problems including chronic bronchitis
- Stress, anxiety, fatigue, low energy, depression, and tension
- Skin problems
- Reduces the side effects of your medication
- feelings of nervousness
- being blue or feeling down
- sexual dysfunction
- assist with addictive behaviors
- sleeping difficulties
- And More!
Top 10 Natural Remedies Used in Herbal Treatments
Natural Remedies have been used throughout human history for many purposes. Today herbalism is being noticed as a focus on wellness and prevention. Always see an herbalist for guidance when using Natural Remedies.
Some of the most well-known and used herbs include the following:
- Ginseng – This is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. The root of ginseng can be used as a stimulant and headache remedy. It can also be an herbal treatment for infertility, fever, reducing stress, help with weight loss, sexual dysfunction, improving lung function, lower blood sugar levels, boost immune systems, reduce inflammation and indigestion. Ginseng is available in dried, powdered, tea, capsules and tablet forms.
- Raw Garlic – Consuming cooked or raw garlic can help treat diabetes, fight inflammation, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, fight cardiovascular disease, relieve allergies, fight fungal and viral infections, and improve hair loss.
- Ginger – Ginger is known to be one of the most widely used dietary condiments in the world today. The therapeutic benefits of ginger come from the root and act as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. There are many ways to use ginger as a natural remedy. It can be eaten raw, taken in powder or supplement form, consumed in liquid like a tea, or in oil form.
- Turmeric – Benefits of turmeric include, its ability to slow and prevent blood clotting, fight depression, reduce inflammation, relieve arthritis pain, manage diabetes, treat gastrointestinal issues, regulate cholesterol, and fight cancer.
- Mile Thistle – This herb comes from the seed of the plan, which can increase immunity, act as an anti-inflammatory, help digestive function, increase bile production, boost skin health, fight the appearance of aging, lower cholesterol levels, help detoxify the body, and slow down oxidative stress.
- Feverfew – This pain easing herb can be used for, fevers, headaches, migraines, stomach-aches, toothaches, insect bites, prevent dizziness, relieve allergies, reduce arthritis pain, prevent blood clots, infertility, and problems with menstruation and labor during childbirth. Feverfew is available in capsule form, tablets, and liquid extract.
- John’s Wort – This medicinal herb is known for its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can relieve PMS symptoms, improve mood during menopause, inflammation, skin irritations and improve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Ginkgo Biloba – Benefits include the ability to improve concentration, memory, reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, fight anxiety and depression, help maintain vision and eye health, relieve ADHD symptoms, improve libido, and fight fibromyalgia. It is available in capsule, tablet, liquid extract and dried leaf forms.
- Saw Palmetto – known to fight inflammation, boost immune function, treat respiratory conditions and promote relaxation.
- Aloe Vera – benefits include its ability to soothe rashes and skin irritations; treat burns and cold sores; moisturize the skin, hair, and scalp; provide antioxidants, and reduce inflammation.
What is Phytotherapy?
Phytotherapy is a form of Herbal Therapy and literally means “plant therapy.” Our Phytotherapist in Rexburg relies on modern research but is informed by and respects the experiences of herbalists’ dating back thousands of years. Herbal Therapy is an approach that is used to increase the wellness of various systems of the body with the goal of increasing overall wellness.
Our Healing Philosophy About Herbal Therapy
Our basic healing philosophy is to offer you the support needed to restore your ability to experience balance and harmony in your personal and relational health. The focus of our assessment of your health is to focus on identifying patterns of strength and weakness.
Using this information and depending on your wishes, our clinical herbalist will make recommendations that may include nutrition, herbs, supplements, natural remedies, yoga, counseling, skill-building exercises, and lifestyle changes. Recommendations may also include suggestions for creating physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual balance if these are related to your wellness goals.
Is Herbal Therapy Right for Me?
We encourage you to consider our herbal therapy options if you are interested in:
- Increasing medication compliance for yourself or a loved one.
- Getting off your current medications completely (while under the supervision of your doctor).
- Reducing your use of medications.
- Supplementing your current medications with the goal of getting a better response than you are currently getting from medication alone.
- Finding an option that reduces the side effects of your medication naturally.
- Finding an effective wellness option that is all natural, kind to your body and mind, and approved by your doctor.
What are the Benefits of Natural Remedies?
There are 3 main benefits to Herbal Treatment. It is suggested that you see an Herbalist before trying any of the methods on your own, so you can get full knowledge/information on the products, how they are used and what they should be used for.
The 3 Benefits include:
- Affordable Treatment – Herbal remedies are more cost-efficient than pharmaceuticals. One reason why trying herbal treatments with an herbalist has become so popular, is because people simply can not afford to pay for their medication. Seeing an herbalist doesn’t mean that you will be able to come off your monthly medication. Your physician will give you more information on what you can speak to your doctor about who prescribed the medication to you.
- Easier to Obtain than Prescription Medication – Herbs are only classified as “dietary supplements”, so they are over the counter items like herbal extracts, essential oils, and herbal teas. These items can be purchased at most health food or grocery stores. Make sure to read the labels carefully before using any herbal supplements.
- Have Healing Properties – herbs can be used for both chronic and acute conditions. Some of these conditions include cardiovascular disease, prostate problems, depression, inflammation and weakened immune system.
Is There an Effective Herbal Treatment for Depression?
There are effective non-medication ways to help with depression. Some of these methods include the following:
- Have a Healthy Diet – To keep yourself in a “good mood” eating healthy can play a large part in how you feel. There is a chemical in the brain called serotonin that if it is imbalanced can bring on depression. There are some foods that are serotonin enhancers and help raise your levels naturally.
- Drink Less Coffee – When it comes to depression coffee isn’t an appropriate choice to start your day off with. Caffeine can be known to boost your mood, but when you’re coming off your caffeine fix, your mood with come crashing down into depression. Too much caffeine can affect the serotonin synthesis in your brain.
- Drink Green Tea – Some green tea does include caffeine, but green tea has an extremely important constituent called L-theanine. L-theanine helps stop the crash and burn part of coming off a caffeine boost. Green tea has also shown to reduce stress and boost dopamine in the brain.
- Meditate – Start meditation each day for about 2-3 minutes and work your way up to a longer time frame. Meditation can help with depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.
- Acupuncture – There are 400 points that an acupuncturist uses to help release endorphins from the body which in return makes you feel calm, happy and relaxed.
- Drink Chamomile Tea – Depression and sleep go side by side. For some people with depression, it is hard to get out of bed in the morning and hard to fall asleep at night. Chamomile tea before bed can help you relax so you’re not as restless when you try to sleep at night.
- See a Therapist – seeing a therapist can help you through the challenging times of being in a depression. It allows you to get some weight off your chest and allows for some much-needed relief from your thoughts and emotions.
- Try St. John’s Wort – St. John’s wort can help for mild to moderate depression cases. It is though to work for individuals because of the effect of hypericin that can be found in this herb. Always double check with your herbalist to see if St. John’s wort is ok to use with your current medication.
- Vitamin B – produces chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and epinephrine to the brain. These chemicals will play a very important role in your daily mood if Vitamin B is taken on a regular basis.
- Magnesium – is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body. Without Magnesium we wouldn’t produce energy, synthesize DNA, RNA, or regulate your heartbeat, we wouldn’t be able to keep the chemicals in our brain stable without Magnesium in our diets.
- Exercise – can release endorphins in our brain, which allows us to feel good and happy. Even a 15-minute walk can help with mood and depression.
- Light Therapy – when suffering from seasonal depression, like the winter blues, light therapy can work to elevate mood by activating the brains “circadian pacemaker” which helps your sleep cycles.
Your Certified Herbalist in Rexburg
Our herbalist in Rexburg does not treat issues of pathology and does not practice medicine however he is a licensed mental health practitioner. Because of this, he can help you determine if you should be seen by a medical professional instead of or in addition to our herbal services. At Integrated Counseling and Wellness, our certified herbalist doesn’t simply give you a bunch of pills off the shelf. Instead, he formulates herbs specifically designed to your individual needs and wellness goals.
Our clinical herbalist (Luke Einerson) is also a licensed mental health counselor (Doctorate from Texas Tech University), he can assist folks in meeting mental, emotional, relational, and other overall wellness goals in ways that an herbalist or a counselor cannot do alone. Simply put—he increases your options.
Natural Remedies Can Make a Positive Effect with Medications
When combining all the available research on herbal therapy (meta-analysis), the findings indicate that herbal therapies increase clients’ compliance with taking synthetic medications, can help people get off or reduce medications, can support and enhance the positive effects of medications, address some negative side effects of medications, and can provide an additional option to those who do not respond to medications or do not wish to take medications. When this approach is combined with proper supplementation, and a balanced lifestyle the results can be exciting!
Are Natural Remedies Right for Me?
Herbal therapy is not a cure-all, nor is it a “Band-Aid” approach to wellness either. While herbal formulas can assist you in addressing many of your symptoms—often quite rapidly—the focus of herbalism is addressing the underlying wellness issues that cause these symptoms to manifest.
Examples of some ailments herbal therapies are well suited to address are:
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Mild to Moderate Anxiety not caused by a medical condition
- Mild to Moderate Depression not caused by a medical condition
- Some Cases of Sexual Dysfunction not caused by a medical condition
- Mild to Moderate Insomnia not caused by a medical condition
- Excessive Tiredness not caused by a medical condition
Contact a Certified Herbalist Near You
If you have struggled with, or are currently struggling with any of these issues or ailments, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our certified herbalist in Rexburg today.