Nov 152015

Deanne Greenwood Medical Herbalist in her herb gardenI am not a healer, I don’t ‘treat’ people, and I don’t make people better. I am a facilitator. I facilitate a person’s innate ability to heal themselves. We all have that ability. The body is perfectly capable of rebalancing and healing itself given the right support and environment – which includes a healthy diet and lifestyle, and, of course, the right herbs! I try to make that clear to everyone who comes to see me. You can heal yourself. I will help you.

Let’s join forces

When you come to see me with a health problem, I will explain that working to resolve it is a two-way process, and that we will be working together to help your body heal itself. I will select and prescribe the most appropriate herbs, and the most appropriate combination of herbs, to suit you. I will also provide dietary and lifestyle advice, that must be taken on board and acted on by you, the other person in this contract.

There is no magic bullet

When someone already has a reasonably healthy diet and lifestyle (although there’s almost always room for improvement!), taking the herbs as prescribed may be enough to rectify their health problem. When someone has a poor diet and/or lifestyle, herbs alone are much less likely to do the trick. They are not a magic bullet. They are part of the facilitation process.

My success rate

I can honestly say, without any doubt, that my success rate in helping people to heal is much higher among those who follow the dietary and lifestyle advice given, who take their herbs as prescribed, and provide me with feedback during the healing process. That is, among those who work with me, instead of treating herbs simply as an alternative to the drugs prescribed by their doctor.

Here’s the deal

It is demoralising for me – not to mention the person who has come to see me – when they do not get better because they have not fulfilled their part of ‘the contract’. If I tell you to stop eating fast food, include lots more fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, and drink more water, then that’s what you must do, if you want to get better. If you are not prepared to do this, you are wasting your time (not to mention mine!) and your money. If I suggest you cut out dairy, or wheat, from your diet, at least for a short period, you will be helping yourself, and speeding your recovery, if you do so. It’s as simple as that.

You need to swallow the herbs

It’s also important to take your prescribed herbal medicine as per instruction. It’s not unusual for me to see someone at a follow-up consultation who complains that they are not feeling any better, and then informs me that they have over half a bottle of their herbal mixture left because they haven’t been taking it as prescribed. Hello?

Just say yes

A positive attitude is also extremely supportive of the healing process. When someone says, ‘Yes, I want to work with you, I am going to take everything you say on board, I am going to make the necessary changes to my diet and lifestyle, because I really want to get better,’ they do get better. Mind and body are inextricably linked, so the way you think is as important as the things you do. Even if you are depressed, you can still be determined to get better. And I can help you feel more positive and determined if you are open to it. All these things, that only you can do, facilitate the healing action of the medicinal plants, and the healing capacity of your body.

The end result

I am committed to help every single person who comes to see me, to get better. If you are one of those people, you must be committed to work with me, and committed to your healing journey. And then you will get better.