Monday, June 16, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1C: Body System: The Nervous System



The Nervous System (NS) is the primary interface between the physical body and out environment. It has three basic functions: to receive, to interpret, and to respond. We have five basic senses to experience our external environment and countless internal sensory neurons to monitor our internal environment. There are billions of cells that constitute our brain. The Nervous System is the interface where we can dream, create, receive intuitive impressions, and where we can think abstractly. Without the basic physical nervous system there would be no life. When it is impaired, the quality and richness of life are diminished. 

With the Nervous System it is important to address health and lack of more than just treatment of the physical symptoms. If we are suffering pain or distress to the Nervous System, it is a warning of imbalance or danger to use. These warnings are the symptoms and not the originating causes. If the smoke detector in your house goes off, the solution isn't to deaden it with a hammer. One would be better off to turn off the alarm and stop the noise while searching for the source of the smoke. With our fast paced society, many people forget to search for the fire when the pain subsides. The healthier our NS is, the better equipped it is to provide sensory input and motor responses that facilitate optimum quality in our lives. 

Herbs for the Nervous System
The following categories are helpful in defining the action of herbs on the NS. There is a great overlap among these categories, but grouping them helps give some definition of how and what they are doing in the body. 

1. Herbal Nervines - Rather than attempting to deaden pain (like most allopath medicine), herbal nervines strengthen the NS so that it is more capable of responding to pain. Although herbal nervines are not as effective as allopathic medicine in quickly relieving acute pain, they help to ease and soothe the pain through toning and nourishing the affected areas. 

2. Nerve Tonics - Herbs that feed, tone, rehabilitate, and strengthen the NS. They feed the nerve tissue directly and are generally high in calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and protein. Most are mild in action and can be taken over a long period of time and are extremely effective. 

3. Nerve Sedatives - These herbs relax the NS and help reduce pain, ease tension, and aid in going to sleep. They do not do this by deadening the nerve endings like allopathic medicine, but by soothing and nourishing the peripheral nerves and muscle tissue. Antispasmodic herbs are included in this category.

4. Nervine Demulcents - These herbs sooth and heal irritated and inflamed nerve endings. 

5. Nervine Stimulants - These herbs gently nourish and spark the NS and activate nerve endings by increasing circulation, providing nutrients, and increasing vitality. They do not provoke the system or agitate it the way most stimulating drugs and common "remedies" do (caffeine, chocolate, sugar, etc).  


Your Tasks For This Lesson:
(1) Research more about these 5 herbal categories for the NS and find 3-6 herbs that fit into each category. Click here for a list of some suggested reference material. 
(2) Research the Nervous System and find 5 Natural Healing ways (other than the use of herbs) to help strengthen and nourish your NS. Example, what foods to avoid, what foods to eat, what activities strengthen the NS, etc. 

To view the main page of our Herbal Learning Guide, including the links to other lessons, please click here

Sources: 
1. Rosemary Gladstar, The Science and Art of Herbalism. 
2. Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden. 
3. http://www.herbs-hands-healing.co.uk/body-systems/nervous-system#.U58oEvldVrM


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28 comments :

  1. It's really amazing all the stuff there is to learn about the nervous system!

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  2. I'm looking forward to following your series!

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  3. Excellent topic of herbs and their effects on the nervous system! Thanks for covering this.

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  4. Excellent review of this topic of herbal implications on the nervous system! Thanks for covering this one.

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  5. I had no idea herbs could help you in all these areas. Very interesting.

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  6. I wonder if some of these would help with migraines. I know many migraine meds were originally for NS disorders.

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  7. I didn't realize there were so many herbs out there for the nervous system. Wow, I learned so much.

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  8. This was very informative! I never knew there was so much to leaner about the nervous system. I look forward to following the rest of this series <3

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    1. I had no idea there was so much to learn, either.

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  9. Wow! I just learned a lot from this post! Thanks!! I will be back to read more!

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  10. My mom has learned a lot about herbs, which to take when. I've learned quite a bit from her, but didn't know about the various categories for the nervous system. It's great information!

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  11. My mom studied quite about different herb remedies. I've learned a lot from her, but I had no idea about the different categories herbs have on the nervous system. Great information!

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  12. Very good information here! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wow! A lot of great information. I had no idea all of this information on herbs.

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  14. Thanks for all the great info. I love using natural products when I can, as well as eat my nutrition instead of pills.

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  15. The nervine stimulants info. is intriguing. I'm going to look it up to learn a bit more!

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  16. Wow, I really learned a lot from this post. I know very little about herbs and even less about what our nervous system needs to thrive. Thanks for the info, I'm definitely looking forward to following this learning series.

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  17. Thanks for all the amazing information. I have always wondered about being more holistic!

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  18. When my sister passed away she gave me all her books on herbal remedies (she was studying Chinese medicine) and I haven't opened them up yet but I am interested in learning more. Your series looks interesting--thanks for sharing your info!

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  19. funny how things are these days.. my wife had a issue with her back yesterday and i was explaining to her how her nervous system was telling her body something was not right.. she laughed at me, but at least i can reference your blog..

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  20. Interesting post. There is so much we are still learning about our bodies and how the different systems communicate along with what we do (as a modern society) that feeds into problems.

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  21. i wasn't aware of this! thank you for sharing about the herbs and nervous system

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  22. I grew up taking herbs as my main home remedy. Awesome to know more about herbs that takes care of our nervous system.

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  23. Great topic of herbs and their effects on the nervous system! Look forward to next post!

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  24. This is really interesting. I always like knowing about the in depth info of how herbs really affect you.This is a great, informative post!

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  25. This sounds like a fantastic series. Looking forward to reading it.

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  26. Such great information. I love learning more things about essential oils and how to use them

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  27. Thank you for sharing so much wonderful information!

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