Define Diverticulitis – Diverticulosis

How do we define diverticulitis?  What’s the difference between diverticulosis/diverticulitis?  These are questions many of my friends, family and aquaintances have been asking me to investigate.  Although it is not technically listed as an autoimmune disease, it does seem to relate very much in that poor diet plays a large role in the development of diverticulosis which  leads to diverticulitis.  So that’s how we define diverticulitis.  Let’s talk about what you can do if you are diagnosed with it! Continue reading →

Asthma and Autoimmune Disease

What can be said about asthma and autoimmune disease?  Let me give you some basic information about asthma, it’s relationship to autoimmune disease and some information on herbal and alternative treatments.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs.  By chronic I mean long term.  It is related to an overactive immune system.  Although it is a lung disease, it actually affects the airways that take air into and out of the lungs.  It causes inflammation and narrowing in the airways which makes them swell and produce extra mucous causing shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing and uncontrollable coughing. Continue reading →

Best Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

What is the best natural treatment for psoriasis?  This seems to be a question many are asking, especially with the onset of summer.  No one wants to wear shorts and swim suits that show their red, itchy, scaly almost “lizard-like” skin.  It’s ugly and quite embarrassing!  There are all sorts of creams and lotions and potions out there, but most of them don’t really help. Continue reading →

Autoimmune Diseases and Herbal Treatments

Do you or a loved one suffer from Crohn’s disease or celiac disease?  Maybe you have a child who is hyperactive or shows mild signs of autism?  Many of today’s common illnesses have been directly linked to a poor or failing immune system.  There are many alternative treatments being explored for these illnesses;  herbal treatment is just one area.

As a certified herbalist with family and friends who suffer from some of these diseases, I have been researching herbal treatments, along with diet and other recommendations.  This is information I am willing to share, along with new information as I discover it along the way.

In our world of fast food restaurants, pre-packaged convenience foods, canned and instant foods, it’s no wonder  these types of illnesses have become so widespread.

I am going to attempt to show you ways to improve your health and the health of those you love by making small changes in your diet, using herbs, and other alternatives.

Please join me on this journey.  I will be posting at least once a week with tidbits of information.  We can all learn together!

Beginning to use herbs

So let’s begin our journey.  I know you have many questions – what are herbs? – how do I use them? – what about my doctor? – and many others.  Let’s start by addressing some of these right now:

  • Herbs, as used for medicinal purposes, can include many things such as plant leaves, roots, and flowers, bark and leaves and roots from trees, things are usually considered spices, and even fruits, and berries, and other things we normally consider as food.
  • Safety in using herbs is most important.  If you are seeing a physician for your treatment, always be sure to discuss any alternative you are considering with your doctor before beginning any new herbs, supplements, or other treatments.  Your doctor needs to be aware of all of this.
  • The best practice in beginning to use herbs is to add only one herb at a time so that if you have any result, whether good or bad, you will know that the herb you just added is the one that gave you the result.  Most formulas contain so many herbs in them it makes it hard to identify which herb in it gave you a good result, or which one caused some reaction you don’t like.

I hope this was useful information for you.  I will be going more in depth as we go along.  I do want to go slowly so that you have time to digest and get the most benefit from what I am sharing with  you.

I hope that you will come along with me on this journey and that you will benefit from the knowledge that I have to share.