Peninsula Alternative Health looked at research done by master naturalist Mary Dyer as outlined in Garden Know How; David Hoffman, author of Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine; and Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Third Edition.
With the help of these studies, we concluded that as medical cannabis continues to prove its effectiveness for relieving chronic pain, additional herbs may enhance its efficacy. The goal is to promote a healthy internal environment in order for your body to reach natural homeostasis.
Because the systems in your body are integrated, it’s vital to balance your whole being to achieve optimal health. Alternative herbs are blood cleaners and packed with vitamins, minerals, and saponins that encourage your body to absorb essential nutrients and eliminate waste.
Yellow Dock. Rumex crispus is a primary alternative herb with an affinity to the digestive system. Using this herb internally restores leaky gut, which is the root of many autoimmune conditions.
Red clover. Trifolium pratense is an alternative and nervine, a plant remedy with a beneficial effect on the nervous system. This is a good choice if your chronic pain is associated with the nervous system.
Red clover, when ingested regularly, relaxes your nervous system and allows a smoother pathway to pain receptors by phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant.
Chamomile. Matricaria recutita is another versatile nervine. This herb is an impressive antispasmodic, a drug that’s used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscles. It’s used with medical cannabis for qualifying conditions, including insomnia, back spasms, and restless leg syndrome.
Most herbs have a synergistic combination of active constituents that account for their therapeutic qualities. Although many plants have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (a drug used to relieve pain) properties, medical herbalism focuses on a whole-body approach to healing.
This means identifying and addressing the root of your qualifying condition and using the appropriate herbs to restore balance with the help of your physician. Cannabis shows remarkable success in relieving pain through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
Remember: Although these herbs are safe for therapeutic use, always consult your physician before using any medicine as a complement to medical cannabis. It’s especially critical to do so if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Incorporating complementary herbs into your holistic pain management regimen with the assistance of your physician may improve results. Contact Peninsula Alternative Health for more information about qualifying conditions and medical cannabis in Maryland.
Written by Erin Bilenki