I was born in Venice and I grew up with a family interest in herbal medicines. At 21 year old, I moved to the United Kingdom to study English and, after a few years working in multicultural environments, I took up and completed a degree in Modern Languages (BA, Hons), only to return to study Health Sciences: Herbal Medicine (BSc, Hons) just three years after the birth of my only daughter, who has grown up in optimal health with great help from healthy Organic nutrition, herbs and mushrooms.
I have been preparing treatment plans and natural prescriptions for patients since the completion of my three-year long clinical training at the Polyclinic of the University of Westminster in 2007, when I immediately joined the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. In 2011, I was fortunate to became a Member of the International Myco-Therapy Institute as Researcher, Technical Product Consultant and later as Myco-Therapy Practitioner Trainer.
Over the years, I have well blended and integrated my natural tools for general health maintenance, disease and stress prevention, as adjunctive support for my patients’ wide spectrum of acute and chronic infections, endocrine, chronic and degenerative clinical presentations.
As a Medical Herbalist and Myco-Therapist, I offer support to women of every age, from teenagers to younger adults and mothers, before, during and after conceiving a baby, to more mature ladies throughout and after menopause and during advanced age as well as their accompanying partners and families.
A portfolio of talks and presentations has been delivered to community libraries, health stores, cultural associations and, occasionally, to web-based TV and local radio shows.
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Elena Renier BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), ITEC, MNIMH, IMI
The Medical Herbalist's holistic approach is keeping abreast of scientific research and blending in traditional medical world knowledge.
Western Medical Herbalism blends both modern medical and holistic diagnoses from the Greek, Ayurvedic and Oriental Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan Taoist traditions into one eclectic style. In the UK, there are degree level courses teaching Western Medical Herbalism, differential diagnosis, clinical nutrition, phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, botany, pathophysiology and how to evaluate clinical studies.
In Europe, standard medicine courses do not include any of the subjects, which are essential in Phyto-Therapy or Myco-Therapy: namely, Botany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy. These subjects are infrequently included in degrees dedicated to Agriculture and Pharmacy. The fact that traditional Herbalism is still the most important traditional method of treatment worldwide is generally disregarded in the academic Western world.
Traditional medicine includes various modalities of treatment, first and foremost, prayer, which has always been and still is the most common demonstration of the power of body, mind and spirit. This is also clearly recognizable in the practice of hypnosis, especially clinical hypnosis during surgery, although its efficacy takes a very lucid Practitioner and ordinary patients cannot usually be expected to rely on hypnosis or prayer for general healthcare.
The second most widely spread modality of healing is chicken broth, due to its low-cost antiviral activity but of limited value when compared, for example to the activities of herbs such as Echinacea, Elderberry, Ginger or many distilled essential oil concentrations or medicinal mushrooms. The latter possess pharmacokinetic activity, which has been classified and proved to be analogue to Biological Response Modifiers (BRM) drugs and can afford the significant immunomodulating activity.
The third most widely spread traditional medical cure is, therefore, Medical Herbalism, which is also the most complete form of traditional medicine, not just a modality, such as a prayer or one single remedy, such as chicken broth, but which comprises virtually infinite cures within. Medical Herbalism has always been ubiquitous worldwide from East to West with its spiritually diverse inspirations. Medical Herbalism traditionally also includes medicinal mushrooms therapy, although mushrooms belong to their own very kingdom, since they are heterotroph, which means that they cannot produce their own food like plants do by producing chlorophyll, rather, mushrooms must feed on other types of organisms, similarly to animals.
Today, just 600 million out of 7 billion people worldwide can afford synthetic drugs, while the rest of peoples have almost always ever only used traditional plants and mushrooms rather than drugs. Plant and mushroom medicines should not, therefore, be regarded as medical alternatives or compared to other innovative natural techniques amongst other alternative therapeutic modalities.
Medical Herbalism continues throughout the ages until now to be accessible anywhere on the planet, whilst patenting its genetic wealth remains illegal and unprofitable to large investment corporations.
Apple, carrot, ginger and prevention
Apple, carrot, ginger and prevention
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" provides adequate content of vitamin C and its very low acidity and allergenicity suit virtually everybody, next to a fresh carrot for its betacarotene as vitamin A and vitamin C, plus a piece of fresh or dried ginger up to maximal quantity and up to personal taste. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is antioxidant and stimulates blood flow. Ginger contains essential oil, which is very mildly anticoagulant, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral, besides being sudorific, warming of hands and feet, lowering of fever and inflammation.
2-4 cups of ginger and lemon hot infusion (steeped-in for as long as possible) with raw honey should be taken to manage colds and influenza at the first symptoms and to help during convalescence, in order to prevent chronic fatigue, besides raising any low mood and ginger you up!
If your symptoms do not improve within two or three days at most, please seek both herbal and medical consultations by the third day at the latest, in order for you to request your personalised prescriptions of herbal or standard antibiotics and other anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant medication from your GP, as required for your individual clinical case and circumstances.
In case of breathlessness, for example if you suffer from asthma and/or experience sustained high fever, you may need to have your own oxygen bottle and mask at hand as well as a finger pulse oxymetre, which may reveal whether you need to call an ambulance or emergency service (Please read the instructions on how to operate your device). Your local emergency service may well provide you with the best quality of such equipment for your home use.
Nutrients Review, Ginger on Human Health: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of 109 Randomized Controlled Trials: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../pdf/nutrients-12-00157.pdf
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