Herbs have been long used to relieve aching backs, muscle spasm and tightness, damaged tendons and tight or lax ligaments. Often herbs are applied externally to bring relief from pain and inflammation.
In medicine the term for movement of the body is articulation. This is what happens when the various connective tissues of the musculoskeletal system (our bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments) cooperate to give motion to the body. This is what enables us to enjoy freedom of movement through which we express ourselves by running, dancing, giving birth, reaching out a hand – all beautifully orchestrated by our brain.
It’s not just about wear and tear
It is not surprising that at certain points in our lives this complex system can have problems and we begin to feel symptoms like sore muscles, pain and inflammation in our joints, tight tendons and ligaments and more serious conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Medical herbalists are trained to work safely alongside any pharmaceutical medicines that their patients may already be taking. This can help the body to deal with side effects or indeed help avoid higher doses of pharmaceutical medicines.
For inflammatory conditions which affect the musculoskeletal system such as rheumatoid arthritis the herbalists approach is often quite complex and multi-faceted. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition and you can find out more information here.
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