By April C Brader - Board Eligible Traditional Chinese Medicine Physician, Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Each spiritual healing tradition from around the world has its own unique herbs to help individuals manage grief.
In traditional Chinese medicine, we usually use a comprehensive herbal formula consisting of several herbs based upon our ancient manuals (materia medica) and/or patient’s presentation, manifestations and symptoms. Some of the potential herbs we use in an herbal formula for the treatment of grief may include:
The above mentioned herbs are just a sampling of some of the amazing herbs we use in traditional Chinese medicine to support patients during their grieving process. As practitioners we also utilize patented formulas in the form of teapills which are easy to take on a daily basis and are prescribed based upon a patient’s presentation and symptoms. Two potential herbal formulas used for grief are:
Once again, it is important to note the above formulas are only two possibilities of the many herbal formulas available to people experiencing grief, heartache and depression as it relates to the loss of a loved one. These herbal formulas are tried and true after thousands of years of traditional use in Asia and now the United States.
Medical intuitive and author Carolyn Myss shares this wonderful wisdom:
We are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our tragedies and challenges and to help each other move through the many painful episodes of our lives. By remaining stuck in the power of our wounds, we block our own transformation. We overlook the greater gifts inherent in our wounds—the strengths to overcome them and the lessons that we are meant to receive through them. Wounds are the means through which we enter the hearts or other people. They are meant to teach us to become compassionate and wise.-- Why People Do Not Heal and How They Can, p. 15
I can think of no better wise healing allies in our journey of grief and resolution than herbal medicine and acupuncture therapies. Their energetic abundance and miracles of medicine never cease to amaze me. I wish you peace and strength on your path to healing.
For more information on other healing traditions use of herbs to help manage and overcome grief, please check out the following helpful links:
April is sincerely grateful to her Chinese medicine physician mentors Dr. Chuanxin Wang and Dr. Jack Silverman who spent a lifetime of scholarly study and worked diligently to elucidate both the beauty and healing power of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
April C. Brader had a near-death experience at the age of five after a severe head injury and was hospitalized. For 15 years she ran community-based hospital occupational medicine, injury prevention and wellness programs for HealthTrust, HCA and Community Health Systems for the State of Florida. She discovered traditional Chinese medicine after she developed acute kidney disease and credits Chinese medicine for healing her and changing her life path. She is an herbalist and acupuncturist studying and using medicinal plants from all over the world including rainforest herbs, traditional Chinese medicine herbs, Western herbs, and Native American and Ayurvedic herbs to facilitate healing in patients.