Metro Detroit women say Chinese herbal medicine helped with pain, anxiety


I'm a believer in there are some things that you need medicine for and there are some things that you can do naturally or do more holistically and I think that this is definitely one of them World Health Organization estimates 80% of the world's population 80% uses some kind of herbal medicine and it's a growing trend in treating this variety of issues such as fatigue stress even PMS tonight two local women share their experiences with Chinese herbal medicines and how they say the holistic approach to their conditions changed their lives Karen Drew has their stories 76 year old Mia Sterling Heights is feeling good these days but a couple months ago that wasn't the case broken bones yeah just whole body pain bone pain Mia was in a serious car accident the worst thing is I couldn't sleep and I still had bone pain in my left foot so it was hard to are the former nurse went through physical therapy and was using an opioid for her sleeplessness my general practitioner didn't want to give it to me anymore he said not at your age you could become addicted to it and I thought I can't go on like this I have to try something else that's when she visited Jason Garuda at garuda health and Verndale the herbal medicine has been around for over 2,000 years four biggest ones I treat her fatigue anxiety insomnia and depression Gruder is a board-certified Chinese herbalist there's a whole different set of herbs that are specific to each part of the body that can help clean up whatever the problem is anxiety is actually just a symptom it's not a diagnosis in itself so for them they say okay the person suffering with an anxiety as a symptom but what is the Chinese medical diagnosis as to what is causing the anxiety he showed me his mixture area that he would take a little bit of the cement and he gave me this little tiny spoon that I would take two scoops three times a day and I started it and it remarkable after a couple of months I feel good I have strength and energy and I'm happy again I don't have any anxiety or depression I Drive all over the place yeah and I'm truly okay Dona Udo is a 35 year old mom of four and a small business owner so I've dealt with anxiety probably since I've had children probably worsened in my 30s and I've tried a little bit of other medication and none of it was working about seven months ago she too decided to try Chinese herbal medicine I was intrigued so now I take herbal medicine three times a day and it's changed my life for the better I'm able to control my anxiety I don't have panic or anxiety attacks probably a tenth of what I did prior to coming here that's where the Chinese medicine can step in and where it's very good at chronic care but it's not so good at acute care and trauma care if you're considering trying this holistic treatment there are some things you need to consider it's not really a good idea to just buy something online based on some random internet recommendation packaging and processing of herbal medicines are not well controlled so you must go to a reputable source potential for contamination the potential for basically differing amounts of active ingredient as for the results of Mia and Don experienced I couldn't say as a physician scientist that there's proof that they work if you believe they work you take them and they seem to work for you that's great I'm a believer and there are some things that you need medicine for and there are some things that you can do naturally or do more holistically and I think that this is definitely one of them experts say a good practice would be to discuss alternative treatments with your physician you may also want to consider complementary medicine which is utilizing alternative treatments along with standard medicine I'm Karen drew local 4 News critics often say that holistic medicine really boils down to a placebo effect but if you're the person that's big that's right

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