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Clinic Changes, Challenges and Covid19

The current situation with Covid19 has seen a number of changes not only to our everyday lives, but also the way in which we work. Our requirements to bring the virus under control in regards to social-distancing and self-isolation means the contact we have with our fellow humans is extremely limited. This has seen changes made to how we work, particularly for those that worked closely with people face to face. This is me. As a herbalist, meeting a person and sitting with them, listening to their health concerns, working closely to formulate a treatment plan, a herbal mix to help support their journey, is how we work. With not being able to have the clinic open for face to face, has had to see many practitioners embrace a new way of working, and working from home. Staying positive and adapting to what has been needed has seen 2 new services introduced to Inner Peace. 

Online Telemedicine Consultations.

This is the fancy name given to having your consult done online. Consultations done online are conducted in very much the same way that a face to face consult is conducted. You just go through the consult form in the comfort of your own home or while at work or any where else you may happen to be. There are many benefits to doing a consult online: 

The benefits of online consults

·         Your at home or where ever you at the time, nice and comfortable.

·         It is a safe place for you. You can feel comfortable to complete the form and other contact at your own chosen time and at your own chosen space- home or work? It's up to you!

·         Your at a place that didn't take hours to get there!

·         You didn't have to worry about making it to an appointment. This is a big thing for someone with anxiety.

·         There's no stress from dealing with parking, or child care.

·         Follow up appointments are easy to make and get to!

·         For a Practitioner, being of service to people in a way that is safe, easy and effective for them!

 

Online Telemedicine Consultation form can be found by heading to the webpage or follow this link

 

The second new service that has been introduced at Inner Peace is the Acute Care Consultations.

Acute Care Consultations are short, 15 minute consults for those people that have a very specific issue that they would like addressed. For example a person may want an Acute Care Consult for support sleeping. A 'mini' consult will be conducted, over the phone, email or zoom, on this issue and a herbal medicine will be prescribed based on whether the sleeping issue is sleep onset or sleep maintenance. A client file needs to be created under the TGA guidelines, hence the 'mini' consult. Another example- Someone may want support with cold and flu prevention or symptom relief. There are many things that someone may want support with under an Acute Care Consult. If this sounds like something that may provide support, please follow this link. Purchase the Acute Care Consult and mention in the comments box at check out how you would like to be contacted and I will then be in touch and we will get started! There are times when an Acute Care Consult may not be appropriate for a long-standing health condition, however I will advise if this is the case.

Both the Online Telemedicine Consultations and the Acute Care consults allows me to continue to provide the care and support that my community needs in the safety of my own home. Whilst the Covid19 is challenging and at times scary, we have to continue to stay positive and remember a few things: Stay Home and WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

 

 

 

 

Elderberry- Sambucus nigra

 

Commonly known as Black Elderberry, European Elderberry, European Elder

Parts used: Berries and flowers. Historically, all parts of the plant have been used at some stage or another.

Plant medicine used in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Botanical Practice.

Historically

The Elderberry has been used for its health benefits for centuries. There is evidence that the Elderberry may have been cultivated by prehistoric man, and there are recipes for Elderberry- based medicines in the records dating as far back as Ancient Egypt, where some ancient Egyptians have been found with with the tincture buried with them. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as 'the father of medicine' described this plant as his 'medicine chest' for the wide variety of ailments and conditions it seemed to cure.

So, it must work, right?!

But how? What makes it so special?

Elders contain several hundred identified compounds including high levels of phosphorus, vitamins A, B6 and C and most of the amino acids. They are also very high in polyphenols and anthocyanins. Polyphenols are a category of chemicals that occur naturally in plants. They are micro-nutrients with antioxidant properties that play an important role in preventing the progression of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, etc. Anthocyanins are water-soluble vacuolar pigments that are responsible for the red, blue, purple or black colouring of fruit/ plants. These have antioxidant properties and are used to treat a number of conditions including colds/ flu, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular complaints, cognitive function and many more. Both these antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient.

The plant is also high in compounds with a wide range of antiviral activity. The antiviral agents in the berries are highly potent where they are thought to be able to 'deactivate' viruses.

Even with this very watered-down, 'in a nutshell' information, we can already see the value in this amazing plant with it's beautiful, plump, glossy purple berries!

The Elder flavonoids have a strong affinity for influenza viruses working some what like a magnet and iron filings. The action of this is similar to the 'shot' of Tamiflu that we are familiar with from our Doctor when we actually have the flu. 

The compounds in Elder are particularly active against enveloped viruses such as the influenza viruses, herpes viruses, pox viruses (shingles and chicken), some hepatitis viruses, HIV, plus many more. Research has been conducted with various parts of the plant against many of these viruses and have been found to be active against them. It appears as if the plant may in fact be a broad-spectrum anti-viral for all enveloped viruses. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted on Air Travellers. The outcomes and data from that trial suggested that Elderberry supplementation suggested a significant reduction of cold duration and severity in air travellers. This is just one example of research that has been conducted on the benefits of the humble Elderberry plant. 

The Elder Flowers are not to be forgotten either! They are packed with bio-flavonoids that help to boost the immune system. Research has also been conducted on the flowers that has shown the flowers are also effective in killing common pathogens. The flowers are anti-catarrhal meaning it is extremely effective for runny noses and congestion. Anti-catarrhal herbs prevent excess mucous formation and aid in removing mucous and reducing inflammation in the body. 

Elderberries and elder flowers are also very valuable in supporting someone with allergies, with its anti-inflammatory and immunostimulating properties. 

Really, I could write about the amazing Elderberry plant all day... pages and pages! It is one of the most researched plants in regards to its use in the common cold and flu, but has been shown to be valuable in so many more conditions. It is one of my favourite herbs and I have been using it powers in my clinic to support the healing and well-being of the people that I see. Inner Peace utilises Elderberry in tincture form, dried tea blends and we create and make our own Elderberry Syrup.

And a plant that has been used for thousands of years for it healing properties...well that's saying something, hey?!

 

References

www.verywellhealth.com

www.medicalnewstoday.com

www.academic.oup.com

Herbal Antivirals (Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2013)

 

 

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