Two sides to every plant
We live in an interesting time where on the one hand western medicine is continually advancing and evolving both in research and clinical aspects, thereby saving and improving many lives.
On the other hand, today in most parts of the western world other forms of treatment are available such as Chinese medicine, which is also constantly evolving, advancing both in research and clinical aspects, improving and yes, at times even saving lives – in the very least this form of treatment has been proven to be life changing for many patients.
This period in time is especially interesting since it is now possible to comprehend the pharmacological functions of Chinese and Western plant based formulas, understand the clinical logic behind the combination of ancient western and eastern plants, and the pharmacological functions of singular plants.
I consider this combination as the embodiment of a whole, the Yin and Yang in its formation; each plant has an ancient energetic aspect as well as a material and modern exploratory
Medical diagnosis and traditional Chinese medical questionnaire :
The questionnaire is an opportunity to get acquainted with the patient's energetic character that has integrated with a certain medical problem. The treatment, similar to the patient's character and medical problem will also be twofold; it will have both an energetic and medical aspect.
Western plant medicine consists of a vast knowledge regarding the way plants function, their substances and characteristics. Some of the plants are part of the Chinese medicine and others originate from the same family of plants with identical or very similar pharmacological functions, for instance Glycyrrhiza Galabra and Glycyrrhiza Uralnesis, which are both species of the Liquorice root - Gan Cao. One of the plants is Chinese and the other is Western, however they are identical in taste, composition and energy.
Another example can be found in the Labiatae plant family, namely the Leonurus Japonicus, which is called Yi Mu Cao in Chinese. A plant from the same family which grows in the West is called Leonurus Cardiaca. Both plants have very similar energetic characteristics and are identical in pharmacological aspect. Thanks to many western herbalists who use Leonurus Cardiaca when treating the cardio vascular system, Yi Mu Cao is now also being used pharmacologically for the same medical problems, more over this plant is part of a relatively new formula (written in 1958) Gastrodia And Uncaria Decoction, also known as Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin, which is used symptomatically to lower blood pressure.
When treating the endocrine system this plant is used to treat Tachycardia with a background of Hyperthyroidism, it lowers the clasping of anti-inflammatory bodies to the thyroid in autoimmune illnesses, and lowers the pace of the hormonal discharge from the thyroid.
This plant belongs to a group of blood inducing plants; however a quick look at its chemical structure reveals a plant that is very similar to plants from the Qi inducing group. This fact leads to the conclusion that blood flow stems from a strong Qi flow. This plant may not be used by people who suffer from thyroid sub activity or are prone to this condition.
I view the herbal clinic as a clinic where the practitioner specializes in the herbs which he or she utilizes and has a thorough knowledge of the plants on every level, and thereby can offer his or her patients a precise, efficient and above all a safe form of treatment.
About the lecturer Jonathan Ronen :
Owner of Geffen Center for Alternative Medicine, graduated from Broshim Campus, member of the association for traditional Chinese healing (Dip C.M. I.A.TCM) and A proffessional member of the Clinical Herbalist Association of M.I.H.A. Jonathan specializes in Chinese endocrinology from the Zhejiang provincial hospital of TCM, Hangzhou, specifically for thyroid problems, and is also a student of the clinical western professional herbalist Gal m. Ran.
Free Lunch Lecture: Treatment of Hyperthyroid (* Hebrew Lecture)
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