By John Larson
Magdalena’s animal humane organization, The Grizz Project, is sponsoring a workshop on herbal medicine at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11.
The class, which includes a Power Point lecture and discussion period, will be taught by medical herbalist Judyth Shamosh, Ph.D. She will be covering many of the most common questions people have about herbal medicines.
“People will learn how to use the right herbs for a specific situation,” Shamosh said. “We’ll also cover how herbal medicine was discovered, why an herb works for you and not someone else, and why herbal medicine can work so well sometimes.”
Shamosh, a part-time Magdalena resident, heads an herbal health clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., called Green Fingers Herbal Medicine.
She said if someone tells her that they tried an herbal remedy for arthritis on their own and it didn’t seem to work, she then asks what kind of arthritis they have.
“I tell them what they used may not have been right for their problem. There are four or five kinds of arthritis in eastern medicine,” Shamosh said. “That’s an example of how Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine works. We have to know our tools, the herbs, and the condition of the person’s body.”
Shamosh said herbal cures, especially from ancient East Indian (Ayurveda) and traditional Chinese medicine, go back thousands of years.
“It’s extremely well documented,” she said. “What I use in my practice is not something I came up with. It has a history going back three to four thousand years.”
Herbal medicine was more commonly used in this country up until about 200 years ago, she said.
“In the early 1800s, treating things by symptoms became the popular practice in mainstream medicine,” Shamosh said. “Using the right herbal medicine deals with the root cause of what’s going on in the body.”
Shamosh’s class is being held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Magdalena Senior Center on Main Street, and the class costs $25 for the general public, $20 for Grizz Project members.
Proceeds will benefit The Grizz Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people find solutions to problems of unwanted, abused or neglected animals through a spay/neuter program and other help as needed.
For more information on The Grizz Project, call Marguerite Sweeney at 505-206-3565.