by Lisa C. Cohn, MMSc, MEd, RD
Many of my clients arrive seeking natural approaches to their problem. Having suffered side effects of medication or not gotten results, they seek information from their physician but often resort to seeking further information and advice on their own. Here are 3 reasons to Go Herbal but with guidance:
1. Herbal remedies are not always straightforward in their application. Many require preparation and hard to locate herbs. I suggest you consult on with an herbal medicine specialist before treating yourself for a more serious condition. Ask your physician to speak with the herbal specialist and bring written information on your personal health with you to your visits. Acupuncturists, Herbalists and Naturopathic Doctors can be good resources. Health food store or Asian market sales persons may not be most informed.
2. Do not assume that herbs are natural and thus harmless or safe. In fact, they are not. Herbs in various forms can interact with medications and can cause serious side effects. Read more on Herbal: 3 Reasons To Go with Guidance…
Easy family friendly recipes are always in demand by my clients. I look for new and creative, health conscious resources to share. Organic is best and TinyGreenMom has a wealth of useful information including recipes for families. Check out a couple of my recent submissions with power ingredients for growing brains and bodies of all ages.
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Recipes on TinyGreenMom.com
Hemp Nut Butter Roll-Up
Hemp Cereal Sundae
There is growing agreement that the use of hemp for medicinal purpose should be made legal. Hemp leaves are a natural option to ease pain – in various parts of the body. Easing pain is a challenge for most at some point in life. For many, pain management is an on going battle. For most of life, we face challenges which cause mental and physical discomfort, fatigue and pain.
New challenges come with growing pain – fear of the unknown, insecurity in skills or how to act – nervous energy – all contributing to suffering or sorts – often with gain. When we suffer with uncertain purpose or out of necessity to survive, we seek to self medicate – to cope – seeking support and empathy from other to feel and ease our pain.
Eating is necessary for life. Indeed, most animals soothe with food. The chemistry of food influences mood as well as physical bodily functions. Easing pain as a leisure or legalized medical measure can be nourishing to mind and body.
Read this Stoner Foods article for ways to pair pain management with good nutrition.
Also be sure to check my blog post on healthy brain foods for more mindful nutrition.