A Short History of Medicine
I have an earache:
2000 B.C. -- Here, eat this herb.
1000 A.D. -- That herb is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. -- That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. -- That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. -- That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. -- That antibiotic doesn’t work anymore. Here, eat this herb.
I first saw this ‘Short History of Medicine’ many years ago in a GP’s clinic funnily enough.
Herbs are not ineffective or weak as you may have been led to believe. They can act as strong antimicrobial agents within the body and can provide a host of other benefits to our digestive systems and overall health. It comes as no surprise that a common feature of traditional diets throughout the world including Chinese cuisine is the inclusion of key herbs and spices.
A simple way to start exploring their benefits is by incorporating the most common and readily available (any easy to grow) herbs into your everyday meals. Herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary and mint have strong antibiotic like properties. These herbs also assist your body in digesting the food you have eaten. For anyone who experiences digestive complaints, cooking with more of the right herbs and spices can help to relieve symptoms such as bloating, gas and indigestion. The end result is a more efficient digestive system, increased resistance to infection and an overall happier and healthier you.
If you would like to learn more about specific foods, herbs and spices that would be of benefit to you in maintaining health or managing a chronic illness, contact Sean at BodyWeb Holistic Health and Acupuncture Clinic .
Please click on the file below to read about depression and how Chinese medicine can provide supportive care.