Herbs are a hot topic. Florida legislation is deciding whether or not to allow public access to herbs from China that have not been FDA-approved. One drawback to allowing the herbs could be ingredient transparency. Foreign herbs might not always disclose every ingredient, like potato starch being used on the crops. This could be to a difference in language or common practices. However, if there is no access to other herbs then we give more power (due to fewer substitutes) to pharmaceuticals.
That said, I have been a longtime member of Dr. Morse’s Herbal Health Club, a private health club based in Punta Gorda, Florida. I first found out about Dr. Morse’s when I was researching if eyes can change color over time.
The study of the eyes, in particular the iris, is called iridology. Iris comes from mythology of the rainbow. As the eyes interpret the rainbow, the two were linked together.
If Dr. Morse doesn’t sound like most doctors, it is because he isn’t. The Dr. is for doctor of naturopathy. A few schools, such as Bastyr, the Natural University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), and the Canadian College of Natural Medicine (CCNM) offer this program of study.
Naturopathy is different because it combines many healing modalities. Most are from an alternative point of practice. Some naturopathy programs vary according to what can be practiced. Classes can range from homeopathy, Chinese / Oriental medicine, pharmaceuticals, Ayurveda, and spinal manipulations. Herbs are often used by naturopathists, because they encourage the body’s natural tendency toward vibrancy.
From the package above, I use herbs to support wellness. Wellness is the state of good health; while health is the absence of illness or diseases. Which do you want?