We get up in the morning, rush to get ready for work, rush to get the kids ready for school, endure a stressful school-run and commute to work. We are pressured at work; productivity, politics, conditions, etc. Lunch is a quick, unhealthy sandwich eaten at the desk while continuing to work. We rush to pick up the kids, endure the supermarket and the home run. We finally get home to receive the electricity bills, council tax increases and daily ration of junk mail. And then we have to do it all over again, and again and again.
Is it any wonder that the population as a whole is exhausted, that many of us need that extra energy to deal with the day to day stresses of every day life, let alone those occasional major stressors that can affect us all?
Is it any wonder that having spent the day running at 100mph that while we are exhausted, we cannot sleep. Without a restful night, how can we expect to have energy to face the demands of the following days?
It is fortunate that correctly prescribed herbs can help the body to cope with these stresses by assisting our own coping mechanisms, gently nourishing the adrenal glands, supporting their function, gently calming the nervous system throughout the day, giving us the chance of a restful sleep, strengthening the blood; each herb having its own subtle effect on increasing our energy and stamina; making sure that we do not become so depleted or that we burn out.
Some conditions, such as menopausal discomforts and chronic fatigue syndrome display very different symptom patterns in different individuals. Your qualified medical herbalist, possessing a thorough knowledge of the potential of herbs, can choose just the right treatment to restore health gently and effectively.
Very often herbalists see the damage of multiple, repeated and chronic infections that have been treated with antibiotics. Infection often manifests in its persistent state as chronic fatigue syndrome and its variations such as permanent exhaustion.
Exhaustion is also often the result of continuous low grade infection so that the body's immune and stress adaptive systems continue to be on red alert thus depleting nutrients, adrenal and coping capacities.
Herbs are used both as medicines and food to nourish, restore and replenish our vital reserves, to support adrenal and other hormonal function, to sharpen appetite and digestion, and most importantly to enhance the body's capacity to absorb nutrients from its food and in doing so boost energy levels and the stress adaptive responses.