I am from a country town in NSW Australia. We are fortunate to have a very experienced chinese herbalist in our town. Gordon was trained in China, has attended university & also studied western medicine. The advantage is that he understands the western medications & pain relievers we are being prescribed by our GP's.
There is no magic formula to Gordons combination of herbs. Each visit he talks to me and asks me what my symtons have been for the previous 4 days. He takes copious notes and also checks the pressure of your blood (this is not the same as taking your blood pressure). What he does is rest your wrist on a small pillow and then using the pressure of his fingers on your viens, he can check how the blood is moving through your viens. This is difficult for me to explain without going into enormous detail. It has to do with harmony, balance & Chi (please excuse my spelling) After he has completed his consultation, he prescribes the herbs to work on the symptoms I have been experiencing in the previous 4 days. Therefore, the herbs are not exactly the same each week. He explains that it is a balancing act, and when our systems aren't working properly, the body gives certain sighns, it is these signs that he uses to prescribe treatment.
He has also shown me some very simple massage tecniques: starting on the upper right side of my belly button I place one hand over the other & massage my stomach in a clockwise direction for at least 100 rotations (he says even more is better 200, 300 even). It creates heat I have found this very soothing & helps to "keep the bowel moving". Also Clockwise over my kidneys (This one I particularly love because pain from my kidneys can be very debilitating at times, especially when I first wake up of a morning.)
To explain my faith in this man's abilities I feel I need to explain a little about my husbands condition. It started off with constipation, something he has delt with from childhood. As he got older, the period of time in between movements increased, until sometimes it was almost a month before he could open his bowels. It would then be several debilitating days constantly on the toilet. From there it progressed to severe migrane headaches, shaking, cronic diarrea and food sensitivity., He was loosing his memory & had no concentration. He would fall asleep in the oddest places and began to deteriorate rapidly. He had endless tests, biopsy's & scans. They could find nothing, at one stage tests showed that his pancreas was shutting down, so they described medication to replace the ensimes in his pancreas. These enzimes help to break down food & absorb nutrients.
He had a life threatening reaction to this medication & is now alergic to pork products & certain other foods. Eventually the only foods he could eat was a very small serving of steamed fish or chicken & a few steamed vegetables. A glass of water or a cup of watery tea his only liquids.
The western specialists through up their hands at this point & told us "we don't know what is wrong with you!", one specialist has been doing some clinical research on chinese herbal therapy with irritable bowel syndrome patients. He recommended that my husband find one.
For months friends, clients, collegues were giving us Gordon's business card, begging my husband to try him.
Within six weeks he was starting to reduce the thirty odd tablets a day he had to take, and within two months was completely off western medication. That was twelve months ago..... *huge grin* I have my husband back, he is in what gordon calls the "fine tuning stage" now, & will be off herbals soon.
*grin* As I write this to you all, my herbal is brewing on the stove, it stinks! But I will drink it because I had another 8 hours sleep last night, no pain meds ALL DAY AND I DROVE MY CAR ALL OVER TOWN & GOT ALL MY WORK DONE & HAD AN EMERGANCY TRIP TO MY DAUGHTERS SCHOOL. gUESS WHAT! i SIT HERE, STILL NOT NEEDING PAIN MEDS.
I know there will still be bad days, but already I feel more positive. I know that surgery still may be a part of my treatment, but at least I will feel stonger, be in a better frame of mind for surgery, and I may not brake the poor nurses hand as I go go to sleep for surgery!
As for finding a good herbalist in your area ASK!! Look everywhere. When you find someone ask LOTS of questions & ask to see proof of their training. A six weeks course with some alternative therapy centre just won't do.
My husbands brother is in medical research & has sent us copies of various papers containing the results on herbal medicine. It has been proved in clinical trials that the style of treatment my husband & I have is the most likely to succeed. Gordon has told me up front that he may not be able to completely restore my health, but he is sure that my quality of life can be improved markedley.
Well friends, my husband has finished brewing my dose.....one whole cup of a smelly black mess........*grin* cheers mate!
-- You will never never know.......if you don't give it a go :)