Thursday, August 28, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1E: Common Problems Related to the Nervous System


In order to see how an herbalist might treat a problem, it is important to study herbal therapies for common Nervous System issues. This lesson will cover common problems and issues related to the Nervous System – it is your responsibility to study and research ways to overcome these issues.

The following are a few examples of symptoms that can possibly occur when the NS is imbalanced and needs special care and treatment: Depression, Headaches (Vascular, Tension, and Migraine), Herpes, Insomnia, Irritability, Low Energy, Mental Fatigue, MS, Neurological Disorders, Neuralgia (aka Pain), and Skin Disorders.

Homework for this Lesson
Study each of the following common problems/issues/symptoms related to the Nervous System:

Headaches (vascular, tension, and migraine headaches)
Insomnia
Neuralgia (aka Pain)
Herpes
Depression
Low Energy

I recommend taking notes and putting these in a section in your reference binder called “Problems” (or something similar) so you reference them easily (for more information on how to create your reference binder please click here). Feel free to add to this list as needed for your personal circumstances. Make this section your own – add recipes that you find, include non herbal remedies that have worked for you in the past, etc. Remember though that these symptoms are only symptoms of a deeper problem, it is important to look at the greater picture and correct the cause!

Here is an example of what I wrote in my personal reference binder:

Insomnia (Nervous System)
1. Beginning four hours before bedtime, take Valerian/Scullcap tincture, ¼ tsp. every hour.
2. Four hours before bedtime, take a high calcium/magnesium formula and/or high calcium tea.
3. Right before bedtime drink a warm cup of milk with cinnamon and honey added.
4. Keep Valerian/Scullcap tincture by your bedside and take ¼ tsp. if/when you wake up.
5. If you do wake up at night, do not try to force yourself back to sleep. This seldom works. Instead keep a boring book by your bedside and read; or draw a hot herbal bath and soak for half an hour while sipping a strong nervine tea.
6. Make sure to follow ways to strengthen your Nervous System – Avoiding chocolate, coffee (and other caffeine rich foods), alcohol, processed and refined foods, sugars, and sweets; connecting with nature, exercise, relieve stress through massage, take herbal foot baths, and get adequate nutrition (make sure to get enough calcium, B vitamins, bee pollen, spirulina, etc).
7. Take a brisk walk or jog before bedtime.
8. Make an herbal sleep pillow (this is especially helpful for small children).

I would then include recipes that may help with insomnia such as:
Valerian Tea
1 part Valerian Root
1 part Comfrey Root
1 part Licorice Root
2 parts Peppermint Root
To Prepare: decoct the Comfrey Root and Licorice Root for 15 minutes (click here to learn how to make a decoction). Turn off the heat and add the Valerian Root and Peppermint Leaf, and let infuse for 45 minutes. Strain and drink as much and as often as needed.

We will talk more about recipes in the next lesson. However, make sure to write recipes that you are interested in as you find them for quick reference in the future.

If you need any clarification or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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

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