Western Herbal Medicine and Endobiogenic Medicine
Paul Michael BA, BSc, MCPP, NHS Registered
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine. The modern herbalist uses knowledge that has been passed down for thousands of years in conjunction with scientific research, thus offering more effective treatment. Herbal medicine can be used alone or, where relevant, in conjunction with conventional medication to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Indeed, herbal medicine works well in the treatment of many chronic conditions that are difficult to treat by other means. Herbal medicine aims to treat the cause of ill health, thus bringing about a better quality of life. By looking at underlying deeper seated problems, such as metabolic, endocrine (hormonal) and nervous system dysfunctions, an attempt to restore balance to an individual is made. If only the symptoms of the disease are treated, the problem is never resolved. Herbal medicines are given either in the form of a tea or as a concentrated liquid which is usually taken two or three times daily. Capsules and tablets as well as creams or lotions may be prescribed depending on the patient and the condition treated.
Herbal medicine can treat a wide range of conditions, including:
• Digestive disorders, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), food intolerances, peptic and duodenal ulcers.
• Skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne.
• Respiratory conditions such as asthma, hay fever, bronchitis and coughs and colds.
• Joint problems such as arthritis and gout.
• Menstrual problems, PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and menopausal problems.
• Problems with circulation and high blood pressure.
• Stress and stress related disorders.
• Insomnia and sleep related disorders.
Herbal medicine can also be used to strengthen the immune system and help improve energy levels. It can also help strengthen the body in old age, supporting the function of the vital organs.
Endobiogeny is an integrative approach to the philosophy and practice of medicine, developed by the French doctors Christian Duraffourd and Jean-Claude Lapraz over a lifetime of intensive medical practice. This approach centres on the role of the endocrine system as the ‘manager’ of the complex relations between the body’s systems, organs, tissues and cells – a role that is of fundamental importance in both the maintenance of health and the development of disease. With more than 30 years’ experience in this field, Duraffourd and Lapraz have pioneered radical new strategies for dealing with a range of disorders, from chronic debilitating afflictions like herpes to life-threatening diseases like cancer. From the outset they employed principally plant-based medicines, because, in Duraffourd’s words, ‘the multiplicity, ubiquity, and polymorphous nature of the agents that disrupt normal physiological processes are perfectly matched by the plurality and polymorphism of the pharmacological activities of medicinal plants’. Because of both this therapeutic modality and the emphasis on detailed observation and physical examination, this approach is often described as ‘clinical phytotherapy’.
Using specific blood analysis developed by doctors Christian Duraffourd and Jean-Claude Lapraz known as the functional biology, we can see the different hormonal pathways that have been affected in the patient. These imbalances maintain the disease process. The blood analysis performed is not the same as conventional blood analysis. It gives much more detailed information on how different hormones affect the body. Using plant medicine we can then address the specific pathways involved in the disease process.
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