The Use of Herbs as Topical Applications
The effective use of herbs for treating disease is not limited to internal use. Herbs (as well as clay) have been used as poultices, infused oils, baths, liniments and ointments since the beginnings of medicine. These topical applications can be incredibly effective for relieving pain, healing wounds, treating skin diseases, improving circulation and enhancing relaxation. In this class we will talk about some of the most effective plants used externally for treating arthritis, nerve pain, burns, trauma injuries, psoriasis, peripheral neuropathies, back and neck pain, sciatica and other difficult to treat problems. We will also discuss the most effective forms of application, the use of herbal hydrotherapy and how massage therapists and other bodyworkers can improve patient outcomes by including herbs in their practice.