Holistic Health Awareness

| 1/12/2010 4:37:32 PM

KCSometimes, when people hear what a fan I am of herbal medicine, they immediately decide that this means I’m NOT in favor of Western, high-tech medicine. If you could see my bandaged paw today, you’d see that this is not the case at all.

A couple of days ago, I had a relatively minor surgery for a carpal-tunnel type injury. A little anesthesia, a few snips, and, as far as I can tell, problem solved. For things like this, I’m actually quite grateful and even fond of the highly technical, precision operating theater that’s just a few miles from my house.

I did a few things herbal to prepare myself for the surgery, however, and I will do a few more once the incision has healed. This article has been my pre-op nutritional guide: "Holistic Healing For Surgery." Soon it will be off to the calendula ointment and elder salve with me. One of the best things I’ve gotten out of my job as an editor for The Herb Companion is the awareness of these amazingly effective herbs for healing insults to our epidermis.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) has been a garden staple for centuries, thanks to its springy blossoms and skin-soothing abilities.
Photo by Buttersweet/Courtesy Flickr

Soon, I’ll take myself over to my friend June, the fabulous body-worker so she can start working on all my moving parts around the surgery to make sure I don’t get stuck with any impairment in function in response to the invasion of those tissues and tendons.

This high-tech combo of a good surgeon, integrated medicine and effective herbs works great for me. I’d love to see that paradigm grow and grow and grow.