I do have a belief in things like herbals and alternative medicine, and one could possibly say (please not in my presence) that I am naïve. But I also have a good reason for this belief – these things work for me.
A good example is this business of what I used to think of as my “jaundice” attacks.
In my mid-20s I started getting them. At such times - once, and sometimes twice a year – my skin and eyes would take on a yellow-brown tinge. For anything from one to three days I would feel listless and “under the weather”, moving with difficulty and having to force myself to continue a normal day. And though we had a doctor on call – my father – I had already left the parental domain and somehow I never thought of asking his advice.
This state of affairs lasted for about 40 years – up to my mid-60s – around which time I started talking to myself (nu, old age, what do you expect). I began with a question:
“Tell me, have you ever read an article that onions clean your blood?”
“Yes” I had to answer reluctantly, “I have read this somewhere”.
Reluctantly, because in all my years I had never eaten onions – in fact I couldn’t even stand the smell of them. This seems to have been the case since my earliest years. Perhaps my nanny forced them on me – who knows?
Now, somewhere during this period of questioning I thought, “what the hell, let’s try it.”
The next salad I was served I asked for a few bits of raw onion to be put in, and forced myself to eat them – trying to disguise the taste with lots of other raw vegetables. I really gagged on this but continued to eat three or four small pieces. Don’t ask!
Once I had made this commitment I continued with the occasional onion including spring onions which seem to be less nauseating.
And lo and behold! Ten to twelve years have gone by and I haven’t had another “jaundice” attack.
I still don’t particularly like them, but occasionally I eat a bit of onion, the fewer the better.
Other herbs and cure-alls we have at home: lots of freshly-squeezed lemon and a sprig of rosemary in warm water every morning (never had a cold). And a whole lot of herbal teas.
Now I’m trying out ginkgo biloba in tablet form for my tinnitus. I’ll keep you posted.