Evergreen Clinic of Natural Medicine

Evergreen Clinic of Natural Medicine

Our team of very experienced practitioners offer a range of complementary and alternative therapies to suit your health needs.

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?


In my practice as a medical herbalist I regularly see patients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Herbal medicines can be helpful to moderate and manage symptoms, but helping patients to unravel and understand the causes of their symptoms, and make constructive changes in their lives is often the key to getting a long-term result.
If you're starting out on a journey of trying to get to grips with, understand and resolve your depression, this article will likely help you put the pieces of your mental health jigsaw together.

theguardian.com In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 14 years, calls for a new approach


Here's an interesting article offering well reasoned alternative advice about nutritional supplements for supporting bone and cardiovascular health. Sunshine, eating plenty of greens and some fermented foods are big contributors to maintaining health in these departments, but there is a good argument for taking a supplement or two if you can't integrate natural sources of goodness into your diet and lifestyle. Have a read and see what you think.

"It saddens me to see older women diagnosed with “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis” listening to their doctors and taking supplemental calcium and even problematic drugs called bisphosphonates. These are irrational, dogmatic, harmful approaches to the problem of degrading bone as we age."


Have to say I find much to agree with in this article's interesting perspective on osteopenia and osteoporosis.

The present-day definitions of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis were arbitrarily conceived by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the early 90's are just plain WRONG...

Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine


Food for thought....

healthimpactnews.com Conventional health authorities claim getting a flu shot each year is the best way to ward off influenza. But where's the actual science backing up...


Here's a brief and simple explanation of how and why you can feel so different through the various stages of a menstrual cycle. Many women go through their cycle without a bother, but for others, certain stages of the cycle bring inconvenient disruption to normal life, which can be severe.
Unwanted symptoms, like excessive cramping, bloating, mood swings, carb cravings etc can often be effectively remedied in herbal practice by a prescription of the right combination of harmless medicinal herbs and modest dietary adjustments.

All 28 days of it—in just two minutes.

Hungry Planet Family Food Portraits - Images | Peter Menzel


The majority of health problems in industrial societies are related to diet and lifestyle. Scroll the photos of different peoples' weekly shop, and you get an insight into why.


Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think


Diet and lifestyle can play a significant part in up to 80% of disease, so don't wait to fall ill - make the right choices now!This article gives good information and sound advice on addressing a big and rapidly increasing cause of ill health in the western world. Worth a read:)

psychologytoday.com Science shines new light on root cause of memory problems.

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Review of Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Medicines; among the research data, Curcuma longa had the most clinical evidence about different inflammatory disorders such as RA, uveitis, and IBD. Also, Zingiber officinale, Rosmarinus officinalis, Borago officinalis, evening primrose, and Devil's claw, Boswellia serrata, Rosa canina, Uncaria tomentosa, Urtica dioica have demonstrated good performance in clinical and experimental anti-inflammatory tests. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4877453/

Six Non-Cannabis Plants That Are High In Healing Cannabinoids


Medicinal uses of cannabis attract a great deal of publicity, and rightly so. Unfortunately though, cannabis remains a forbidden plant in our culture. But plants are complex organisms, and cannabis is not the only plant to have healing cannabinoids.
While not a complete alternative, each of the plants mentioned in this article have some of the beneficial medicinal effects of cannabis, without carrying the risk of restricting your liberty.

enlightened-consciousness.com Even if you live in a place where access to medical marijuana is illegal, you can still reap the benefits of cancer-fighting cannabinoids by utilizing these other medicinal plants. As interest in Cannabis’ numerous medicinal uses continues to grow, research into the effects of... #cannabis

Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain, depression

Interesting how acupuncture is so popular with medics - must be because it works! Always good to read of new research.
Acupuncture is available at the Evergreen Clinic in Cork all day Mondays and Wednesdays. If you're interested, 021 496 6209.

www.sciencedaily.com Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression, health specialists have found.

Patrick Holford

I always enjoy discussing diet and lifestyle with a patient as this often provides the key to resolving their health issues, setting them on the road to be able to effectively manage their health in the long term.
Eating well doesn't mean having to micro-manage your diet and spend lots of money on the latest trendy foods. Some simple basic rules will go a long way to looking after your health and well-being, as this article describes.

Some people rarely get sick and are always fizzing with energy; they don’t gain weight or lose their memory. So what’s their secret? When I carried out Britain’s biggest ever health and diet survey the results showed that to be super-healthy, all you need to do is follow ten simple rules. Make them your resolutions – and look forward to a happier, healthier new year. Read Patrick's Ten (Health) Commandments.https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/ten-secrets-of-100-healthy-people-2017-commandments

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Nice to see the use of herbs we typically prescribe for stress and anxiety supported by clinical research.

The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. ... Stress could be as important a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure, the US researchers said. https://www.google.ch/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjx7tzMsrzRAhXRcVAKHSgdBnkQFggzMAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fhealth-38584975&usg=AFQjCNH0lsgLroKkrPSUtKgM5BfYUjaR9g&sig2=12OE417sVzE0wkmT8NNYRg
Clinical trial evidence support for efficacy was found for chronic use of Matricaria recutita, Ginkgo biloba, Scutellaria lateriflora, Silybum marianum, Passiflora incarnata, Withania somniferum, Centella asiatica, Rhodiola rosea, Melissa officinalis and others...in treating a range of anxiety disorders in human clinical trials. Acute anxiolytic activity was found for Centella asiatica, Salvia spp., Melissa officinalis, Passiflora incarnata and Citrus aurantium. #stress #herbsforstress #heartattack #highbloodpressure

Herbal treatment can be a good companion to cancer treatment, helping to moderate side-effects of chemo and radiotherapy, and in some cases ease symptoms of the disease and help boost aspects of health such anti-oxidant status and immune activity. Calendula is just one of the valuable herbs one might use.

High cholesterol 'does not cause heart disease' new research finds, so treating with statins a 'waste of time'


Refreshingly, the research in this article emphasises how health comes substantially from what you eat and do, not from the pills you pop.
As much as 80% of human illness is substantially affected by diet and lifestyle, so it is no surprise that the Evergreen Clinic's medical herbalist, Kevin Orbell-McSean, takes the time to include an in-depth look at these factors during a consultation.
Any recommendations for change are kept as simple and easy as possible, tailored to the circumstances of the patient.
Evergreen Clinic of Natural Medicine, 021 496 6209, - enquiries always welcome.

telegraph.co.uk Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

Project aims to end 'ambiguity' of plant-based medicine - BBC News


What a terrifically worthwhile project to take on. Good for Kew; fantastic institution.
Although folk / common names for plants can be full of charm and indicate how regional cultures interpret and use the plants, in professional practice we primarily use the latin names, precisely to avoid the ambiguity that can occur with common names.

www.bbc.com A team of scientists at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew embarks on the mammoth task of creating a single database of the world's medicinal plant species.


On the face of it, vaccination seems a no-brainer. Why wouldn't you want to protect yourself against a ghastly disease by injecting a harmless, disabled virus? Unfortunately, it just isn't that simple. While the disabled virus may ( or may not) be harmless, other ingredients of the vaccine may provoke adverse reactions.
Vaccines typically, for instance, contain an adjuvant, a component which stimulates the immune system. On the one hand this enables the body to mount a stronger response to the vaccine, resulting in better protection against the disease. On the other hand, in those susceptible, the adjuvant might aggravate existing allergies or even provoke allergic reactions that the person didn't previously suffer. Other ingredients which can cause adverse reactions include traces of egg, in which the virus is incubated, and preservatives which keep the vaccine stable.
Before deciding to vaccinate, be sure you are making a fully informed decision. Don't assume any single source will give you all the relevant information. Try and read up on all sides of the argument. If it's a new vaccine, bear in mind that it may take years for particular side-effects to be acknowledged, so consider how important it is to have the vaccination in the immediate future.
Whether to vaccinate or not, make a well informed decision that you feel comfortable with.

Parents of 12-year-old girls - it's HPV vaccination time in schools. But will the leaflet you receive home from the HSE tell you the full story? Please share and spread the word to ensure that parents are fully informed, before they make their minds up on behalf of their daughters. #regret #informedconsent #makeupyourownmind

Mediterranean diet better than statins for tackling heart disease – study


theguardian.com Study finds people already suffering from heart problems are 37% less likely to die early if they eat a diet rich in vegetables, nuts and fish

Shocking New Role Found for the Immune System: Controlling Social Interactions


Inevitably, being a facet of the human condition, I have often seen patients who, as well as being ill, are to some extent consumed by guilt / regrets about choices they have made, or behavioural attitudes, which they feel are responsible, at least in part, for their condition. We do tend, after all, to feel that our conscious mind, our intellect / ego, exerts control over our passage through life.
In response, I've introduced the suggestion that in fact our possession of 'free will' is not nearly as free and comprehensive as we imagine. Our presumed freedom of conscious thought and consequent action can in fact be substantially governed by the obscure, almost esoteric shenanigans of our body chemistry, predisposing us to make unwise, perhaps irrational decisions, to feeling distress or fear, or the sense that we ' just can't cope' or being aggresive and antisocial.
There are many different physiological imbalances that can result in these behavioural traits, even though they are generally assumed to be within our conscious control.
Our body chemistry is something we can substantially affect simply by making sensible choices about what we eat and how we medicate ourselves. The old saying "A healthy body makes a healthy mind" has a great deal of truth behind it. So boot the guilt out the window, and instead make healthy diet and lifestyle choices. If you do fall ill, consider making herbal medicine your first choice, which will support a healthy internal environment rather wreaking havoc among your gut microbes - the article below describes why this makes good sense.
If you need guidance, seek professional help. A detailed inquiry into diet and lifestyle forms an important part of treatment by the Evergreen Clinic's medical herbalist, Kevin Orbell-McSean. A consultation or two can be an investment that lasts a life-time.

shar.es Following last year’s groundbreaking discovery of a direct link between the brain and the immune system, UVA researchers have determined that the immune system affects – and even controls – social behavior. Their discovery could profoundly affect treatment of several neurological disorders.

Big Pharma Suffers Major Blow: Study Says Treating High Cholesterol With Statins Is a Waste of Time


Humans - one big pharma cash crop? Why not opt out, save your cash, and be healthy instead? Tweak your diet and take more exercise.
If you're not quite getting the result you're looking for, consider taking professional advice on lifestyle and diet management, with perhaps a drop of herbal medicine to give your health a body-friendly nudge in the right direction:)

dailyhealthpost.com Now you know.

There's more to chocolate than you might imagine......

It's no good being too serious. After all, hearty laughter really is one of the best preventative medicines, and can effect the odd cure. Had a good laugh at this post......:)

Todd Caldecott

In recent years vit D is being flagged up as a vital component for many aspects of health, including cancer resistance. After decades of paranoia over sun exposure, it's no wonder that such a large proportion of folk are vit D deficient. D3 supplements are inexpensive and well worth taking for background insurance, along with a more comprehensive anti-cancer diet and lifestyle approach.

But it's not just a matter of taking an oral supplement. Both sunshine and exercise is key...

Pat Divilly

Stress is a natural and largely unavoidable part of life, though in unfavourable circumstances one can feel overwhelmed by the emotional turmoil which stress can cause. Yet, in the longer term, stress can have positive consequences, for instance, by helping us mature and develop better life-strategies.
In my practice, many patients have been helped through particularly stressful episodes in their lives, by the prescription of medicinal herbs to support the nervous system and those organs particularly affected by stress, such as the adrenal glands, heart and thyroid. Dietary advice can be valuable as well, along with some counselling, which commonly is part of the consultation process I offer.
Another important element in managing stress is having the right philosophical outlook. Easier said than done one might say, but this short video tells a simple story of how not all stress is bad, and can even be turned to one's advantage.

Lobsters...A friend sent me this. Thought it was an interesting twist of viewing/dealing with stress!

That gut feeling


It is always interesting to see traditional herbal practice validated by modern research. This interesting article, about the latest research into the role played by gut bacteria in our health, illustrates the good sense of the traditional approach of herbal medicine, to always look after the gut and digestion when treating practically any patient.
Close to every herbal prescription I write includes a herb or two to promote healthy digestion, along with some appropriate dietary advice, depending on what shows up in the patient's dietary history.
Herbal medicine is fundamentally concerned with promoting honest, natural health. That is how, as medical herbalists, our profession works to overcome disease, without unwanted side-effects, in a manner that is safe for the patient.

apa.org Evidence has mounted that the gut microbiome can influence neural development, brain chemistry and a wide range of behavioral phenomena, including emotional behavior, pain perception and how the stress system responds.

9 Herbal Supplements Cancer Patients Use: Current Research and Considerations


The health-enhancing effects of appropriate medicinal herbs and diet have so much to offer the cancer sufferer. This article describes some of the herbs that one might prescribe.

reference.medscape.com Cancer patients often use complementary and alternative medicine, but a majority of oncologists believe they lack knowledge about these products. Learn about 9 herbal supplements and some important issues surrounding their use.

War in the Natural Health World


How not to get suckered....
Here's a very good article describing how to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to trying to make sense of all the claims for 'natural' remedies which you might come across.

modernherbalmedicine.com There is a silent war being waged in the natural health world. The battle is between those who are genuinely interested in helping people to improve their health and those who are just pushing products without good science or even a historical t...

Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain-A Cochrane Review. - PubMed - NCBI


As well as low back pain, the herbs mentioned here are also often used for treating arthritis, another condition which I and many herbalists find responds well to the holistic herbal approach. Another plus is that herbal treatment is body-friendly, almost invariably free of side effects.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Groundbreaking New Brain Study Reveals Miraculous Healing Power Loving Voices Have On Coma Patients


An interesting snippet about how loving voices significantly speed the healing of brain injuries, though I'd be surprised if loving voices don't always have a positive effect on brain health:)
Wishing everyone a healthy, kind, caring and loving 2016. Happy New Year!

feelguide.com Earlier this morning a groundbreaking new study was released by Northwestern Medicine and Hines VA, published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and broadcast in a special feature report on this morning’s broadcast of CBS This Morning. The study explored the possibility that the vo…

Simply because it works better: exploring motives for the use of medical herbalism in...


It couldn't be more straightforward really. As this study shows, people like herbal medicine because it works! If herbal medicine was no good, it would never have survived for the thousands of years since civilisation took root, and on into the modern era of the 21st century. Herbal medicine is still the most widely used therapy on the planet.
Extremely safe, and human-friendly:)

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Complement Ther Med. 2009 Oct-Dec;17(5-6):300-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2009.08.001. Epub 2009 Sep 9. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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