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Ever been curious or intrigued by herbs but don’t know where to start? Dr. Bill Rawls, Medical Director of Vital Plan, and several time author, is the guru of all things cellular wellness and the power of herbs. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Lyme disease, he embraced herbal therapy and slowly but surely got his life back in check. He created his practice for this very reason—to be the ultimate (and very reliable) destination for health and wellness information. You might be wondering how cellular wellness and herbs intertwine. You might even be wondering what the hell cellular wellness even is. A serious wealth of knowledge, Dr. Rawls imparts his wisdom onto us, including his coveted herbs list and what they all do. There’s so much more to it than we could have ever imagined. Pass the Ashwagandha?
“We are complex collections of living cells and have over 200 cells living in the body. Anything that happens in the body is due to cells. Cellular communication is needed for cells to work together so our body can work as a unit—they have to talk together. When cells are stressed we feel it and lose certain functions—that’s why you’ll have the discomfort associated with the symptom but also the dysfunction. It’s important to ask ourselves ‘what’s driving the stress.'”
“Herbs are protective and healing. They promote cellular stress but take a while to work unlike a drug that is a block. You’re not going to necessarily feel an effect from daily herbs but they enhance wellness at a cellular level. All these herbs can lower your blood sugar and have anti-viral properties and help balance the immune system.
1. Rhodiola: good for adapting to stressors (both physical and mental) and protects your organs. Increases oxygenation of tissues.
2. Reishi Mushroom: it’s an immune modulator which helps balance the immune system.
3. Turmeric: lowers rates of alzeimers.
4. Gotu Kola: protects your brain.
5. Milk Thistle: everyone has to do this one. It protects your lowers
“The conventional medical system doesn’t recognize Lyme disease. I had to turn to alternative therapies such as herbal therapy and that’s what got my life back. The perfect substance doesn’t exist. Ashawaganda balances hormones and paired with L-Theonine it blocks neurotransmitters in the brain. The combination is magic for reducing stress that isn’t a sedative.”