By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America
Given the rising cost of health care, I wonder if more people are turning to herbal medicine to address symptoms and seek treatment. While I’ve been skeptical and gone the “easy” route of modern medicine, I’m starting to think differently.
I have a summer cold … raging sore throat, swollen sinuses, puffy glands and general acheyness. I’ve waited a few days to see if it will resolve. It’s hasn’t. At this point I’d usually see my doctor. I’d pay my $35 deductible and get my Rx for $10 and be done with it.
That was until this year’s insurance plan. I have a $5,000 deductible. One doctor’s visit costs me $100 and my prescription adds another $40. Do the math. Last year I paid $45, this year I pay $140. The increase hurts. Almost as much as my throat.
And so, I begin to overthink my situation — Am I overreacting to a simple cold? Or is this bad enough for a medical appointment? Am I being cheap? Am I being a baby? What should I do?
Because I’m developing a light rash, I’m going for a strep test. And, if it’s positive I will get antibiotics. (P.S. It was negative.)
In the meantime, I’m adjusting my philosophy about herbal medicine and adopting a new, three-step process
- Identify immune system-boosting measures and supplements from the herbal world. Add them to my routine.
- Learn about herb-based treatments for symptoms. Use them when appropriate.
- Seek modern medicine when deemed necessary.
My goal is to be healthier in body and budget.
How are you using herbs in your approach to health and wellness?