Many of my Patients know that I spent 2017 studying Herbalism.  I had always been drawn to Herbs but had never realised just how effective they can be.  Then I discovered Dr John R Christopher.  He was an American Herbalist who left a legacy of Herbal knowledge and testimonials behind him, as well as the school he set up – The School of Natural Healing.  

During his life Dr Christopher developed many excellent Herbal Formulae.  These formulas were adjusted over many years; the result of which is that they are very effective.  They also have a history of safe usage over many decades.  Dr Christopher’s approach fits in with Osteopathy perfectly because it is about helping the body heal itself, by using the Herbs as a food to nourish the body, rather than treating a condition and ignoring the cause.

I recently tried one on myself.  Due to working so much with my hands I developed, over many years, an area of thick skin next to my thumb nail which split and was painful.  So I decided to use Dr Christopher’s Complete Bone and Tissue formula.  For ease of application I chose the massage oil.  Over six weeks I applied this to my thumb each night, letting it absorb naturally.  I am thrilled to say it has now completely healed. 

One of the Herbs in the oil is Comfrey.  This is a wonderful herb that stimulates cellular growth.  This allowed my thumb to heal quicker than I was injuring it through my work.  I am sure you will agree correcting a problem, that had taken years to develop, in six weeks is an impressive result.

I am already sharing some of the knowledge I have learned with my patients giving them advice on Herbs to take for their benefit.  I will continue my studies and plan to grow this area of my work because it offers a genuine and effective way to care for our own health.