• Are Herbs Real Medicine?

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Nov 20th, 2014

Mormon Tea

As a conventionally trained doctor I thought for a long time that herbs and herbal treatments were new age fluff.  On a recent trip to the southwest, I saw this on a hike.

The native Americans brewed this and noticed it’s effects as stimulant and its benefits for the lungs.  Indeed the ephedra in the plant is responsible for these actions.   Ephedra is the chemical that has been made into epinephrine, which is used currently to treat asthma.  This chemical opens the bronchial tree so that asthma sufferers can breathe more easily.

It reminded me that a lot of modern day medicine is grounded in ancient practices.  Over the course of the past seven years practicing Restorative Medicine, I have gotten closer to these roots of practice.

I visited a botanical store while on my trip and saw shelves of dried herbs.

Imagine my surprise as I read the names and knew the treatment benefits of many of them.  Black Cohosh for menopause symptoms, Milk Thistle for liver and gastrointestinal health, and Ashwaganda for stress.  While these herbs have been used for hundreds or even thousands of years, modern day techniques have allowed us to understand how they work.

These herbs are in many of the formulations that we use at the Sklar Center.  That’s what is so wonderful about Restorative Medicine.  We combine modern science with ancient practices to find a healthy way of living.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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