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I have been writing in one way, shape, or form for many years, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I took upon doing so as a habit. I have found it to be extremely beneficial.
Now, I write every day. And, I do different kinds of writing, including stream of consciousness writing, creative writing, business writing, and these articles that I write weekly. I don’t do all types of writing every day, with the exception of stream of consciousness writing, which I do daily, ideally in the mornings. I learned the habit after reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
I have found writing to be beneficial and studies support it. I will share some of the benefits of writing and provide encouragement for you to do the same.
I have suffered from asthma in the past, and it is no surprise since asthma runs in my family. I developed asthma as an adult and was diagnosed during my first year at Graduate School about 18 years ago.
I know I am not alone, for the Global Asthma Report from 2018 stated that 339 million people are affected by asthma globally.
Asthma is caused by inflammation in our airways and respiratory system that causes one or a combination of symptoms including wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and coughing, all of which work together to limit airflow into our body (Global Asthma Network, 2018).
I am blessed that I no longer suffer from asthma. I healed it through natural means, including the use of aromatherapy, other natural remedies, and lifestyle changes.
However, I didn’t realize that black seed is something I could have used as well. Evidence shows that black seed or Nigella sativa provides great benefits for asthma sufferers.
I first learned about Dynamic Phytotherapy (DP) when I was attending the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). I could take a few elective courses as part of my Master’s in Complementary Alternative Medicine. I signed up for the course on DP because I was interested in Herbal Studies and anything relating to plant therapy or Phytotherapy. This class was about Phytotherapy of the Dynamic kind, which I found particularly intriguing.
It turns out that there is not a lot of information available on DP, apart from what ACHS provides. They are not well known outside of New Zealand, where the approach was developed, and perhaps Australia. They are gaining popularity in the United States and the United Kingdom, but are still not commonly found. And, DP remedies were originally known as Homeobotanical (Hb) remedies, which complicates matters even more.
But these remedies deserve more attention, and I am going to share with you some of what I know.
The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of people around the world use herbal medicine (Null & Gale, 2018). In fact, most of us turn to herbal options before opting for conventional drugs.
Despite these trends, herbal and alternative healing options are quickly reported when someone has an adverse effect. Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, is one of these herbs, despite its great benefits to our health.
The name comfrey comes from the Latin word “confirma,” which means to heal or to unite. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and tonic (Petersen, 2014).
It also can cause harm when it is over-consumed or over-used and should thus be used with caution. Believe it or not, this is the case with most things we consume. Take alcohol for example. It is readily available, but if we over-consume it, it can have dire negative consequences on our health. That is why proper use is cautioned for alcohol and other such substances.
Natural medicines are not given the same treatment. In fact, natural medicines are often vilified to make us wary of them and to instead lead us to commercially available medical options. This is what has happened with comfrey.
Please read this article in its entirety to make sure you understand the full effects of using comfrey.