At Podiatry and Barefoot Wellness Centers, we believe in the power of herbal medicine. Eastern medicinal formulas have natural ingredients that the body recognizes and processes safely with few or no side effects. These formulas have been time-tested on millions of patients over thousands of years and proven effective. The World Health organization now estimates that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicine for some part of their primary health care. While there are specific herbal formulas for foot-related problems, our focus is to improve the overall health of the body. Herbal medicine optimizes your body’s own healing ability and restores your natural balance Visit our F.A.S.T. Track Natural Medicine Store for more details. Everybody is different and may react differently to an ingested substance. Contact us to schedule a consultation with a licensed doctor before going on a natural medicine regimen.
We Offer Natural Treatments for the Following
- Athletes Foot
- Anti-Aging Tonic
Athletes foot is a common contagious fungal infection of the skin. It usually develops in between the toes and moist areas of the foot. You may experience itching, stinging and burning between the toes and on the soles of the feet. Fungal infections are easily spread and may be seen in other parts of the body.
Athletes Foot Formulas
Strong antiseptic acting herbs work against fungi in the formulas used for athletes foot. Herbs that improve circulation to move the blood as well as analgesic herbs round out the formulas used to effectively treat athletes foot.
Therapeutic oils that treat skin diseases are part of the topical remedy. These oils contain anti-inflammatory agents and have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties as well.
- Arthritis and Joint Weakness
- Back Pain
- Broken Bones
- Cartilage Health
Peripheral edema is considered abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet and legs. Swelling is seen more in the lower part of the body due to gravity. It is can be painless or painful depending on the person and the cause of the swelling. Edema can come about during pregnancy or the menstrual cycle, from blood clots in the leg, infections, venous insufficiency, organ failure, lymphedema or pericaridits. Other potential causes or being overweight, standing for long periods of time, certain drugs such as estrogen, testosterone, antidepressants, some blood pressure medications, steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
Pitting edema is when pressure applied to swollen tissue stays indented after the pressure is lifted. This is due to the fluid leaking out of the capillaries into the subcutaneous tissue and usually indicates complications of vital organs and their malfunction can cause fluid retention in the body. Non-pitting edema will not leave an indentation in the affected area.
Herbs in this formula are chosen for their immune enhancing properties and their ability to reduce iinflammation. Their function of resolving lymphatic congestion helps in reducing edematous tissue. Herbs that move excess (liquid) and promote urination are key to the functional property of this formula.
- Excessive Sweating
- Fungal Infection
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread and overall body pain, usually painful to the touch. The exact cause is unknown. People with fibromyalgia pain feel exhausted and sometimes have brain fog. Sleep is usually compromised and there is general fatigue. Skin issues and balance problems have been reported as well as headaches and digestive disorders. Symptoms are chronic but may fluctuate and although men can have fibromyalgia, more women than men are diagnosed.
Fibromyalgia Herbal Formula
Formulas used to treat fibromyalgia helps treat joint and muscle pain and symptoms surrounding degenerative diseases.
Herbs that are used promote circulation. Tonifying herbs help boost the body’s own immune response to keep sickness and disease at bay and to build strength from within. Another formula relieves stress and the debilitating effects that a long-term disease can have on a body as well as help support the digestive system.
- Foot Inflammation
- Heel Pain
- Immunity (strengthen)
- Inflammation and Infection
Someone suffering from heel pain generally feels pain under the heel or behind it. It can be acute or chronic and long term. Stress placed on the foot on a constant and daily basis leaves the heel vulnerable to damage and thus, pain.
Heel Pain Formulas
The formulas used to treat heel pain, in its various forms, will work in strengthening bones and tendons and ligaments.
- Joint Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Lower Body Pain, Swelling
- Muscle Tension
Neuropathy, or nerve pain, when dealing with podiatric medicine, is peripheral. This means there is damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. It can affect sensation, movement and organ function. Symptoms can include pain and numbness of the lower leg and feet and muscular issues. Systemic diseases tend to be the causative factor (largely diabetes), as well as other health conditions including vitamin deficiency, medications, traumatic injury, liver infections, pressure on a nerve, etc.
Neuropathy Herbal Formulas
Herbs used for neuropathy will help increase circulation as well as move blood and dispel stagnation. They can help to relieve pain and aching in joints and act as an anti-inflammatory agent as well. Herbs that help boost red blood cell count also act as tonifying or strengthening agents.
- Plantar Fasciatis
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel and bottom (or plantar) of the foot pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament, or connective tissue, that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. When strained it gets weak, swollen and inflamed. Common causes are excessive pronation, walking or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces and usually feels worse in the morning.
Shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out, and tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles can contribute as well.
Plantar Fasciatis Formulas
Weakness and mircro-tears, excessive loading and overuse can put a strain on tendons, ligaments and bones, enough so that they cause injury. Some herbs used in formulas for plantar fasciitis will work to moisten, loosen and strengthen the different tissues that are inflamed. Herbs to tonify the body are used as well, as we tend to see a decline in the overall structure when there is a decline in individual parts, especially with long-term pain.
- Poor Circulation
- Protect Immunity
- Restless Leg
- Venous Insufficiency
Co-Morbidities (symptoms that we also treat)
An allergy is an immune system response to something that’s been introduced to or into the body (an allergen). The immune system overreacts and starts producing antibodies, which can set off a histamine response. Mild allergens in the form of pollen, dust mites, mold and pet dander can elicit such histamine responses as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, hay fever (rhinitis), scratchy throat, and post nasal drip.
Food, environmental and insect or animal allergens can be more intense and possibly dangerous depending on the allergy level. Responses to food allergens can be more intense and systemic. It could require elimination tests and possibly diets in order to find the offending food(s).
The herbs used in allergy formulas would be of a two-fold nature. The first part of the herbal treatment would work on clearing out the pathogens responsible for the histamine response. Secondly the formulas employed in helping a client with allergies would strengthen and tonify the lungs and the immune system. By boosting the body as a whole, allergens would have a lesser effect due to the increased strength of the body. Reactions should not be as a marked and should not last as long.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. When symptoms start to interfere with every day living and are debilitating to the everyday process, there may be a problem. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. There are many forms of anxiety ranging from “general” to OCD, panic disorders and agoraphobia, PTSD, social anxiety and phobias.Common causes of stress can be grief, family issues, financial matters, illness, job complaints, and relationships. Physical manifestations of stress include a rise in blood pressure, rapid breathing, slow digestion, rapid heart rate, decrease in immune system function, muscles constrict and there are sleep disturbances. These responses can lead to sickness and disease if they are not dealt with.
Anxiety and Stress Formulas
Herbs that calm and tonify the body are part of the formulas used for anxiety and stress. Because long-term anxiety can take a toll on the body, boosting is a necessary action.
Herbs that help lower blood pressure and herbs that help with insomnia are also used because of their sedating effects.
Arthritis affects the joints of the body and it literally translates to “joint inflammation.” Stiffness, loss of flexibility, tenderness and pain are all signs seen in arthritis sufferers. Cartilage and well as fluids that keep the joints moving are involved when there is arthritis. This may depend upon genetic makeup, demands of a job, previous injury, infection of the joint, obesity and autoimmune diseases.
The formulas used for arthritis and joint weakness consist of herbs that clear heat and inflammation. Some of the herbs relieve swelling and are analgesic in nature. Other herbs attend to the tendons, ligaments and joints and help to keep them fluid and strong.
DepressionDepression can be a serious illness that could require long term treatment. Symptoms can present as a constant feeling of sadness, anxiety or lack of interest. Hopelessness, restlessness and irritability as well as lowered libido and low energy levels can also be complaints of someone suffering from depression. Sleep, work and daily activities can be affected. Experts believe depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. Loneliness, lack of social support, stressful experiences, relationship issues, financial strain, abuse, unemployment and chronic health problems can all lead to depression.
Depression FormulasHerbs used in the formulas for depression help with the symptoms associated with depression. They increase circulation and help to get the system “moving” as sluggishness is a complaint of those with depression. Herbs can help calm anxiety and fears, they can give energy when it is low by boosting a body that’s been depleted. Formulas contain herbs that are helpful for insomnia and irritability as well as alleviating the spirit.
Common digestion issues and their symptoms can include but are not limited to, heartburn and acid reflux, irritable bowel (or IBS), diverticulitis, gas and bloating, diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain and/or cramping.
Causative factors can include stress, infection, medications, chronic medical conditions (ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac sprue), bacteria (unclean food) and food allergies or intolerance.
Herbs in the formulas used to digestive issues help to regulate stomach and digestion by easing pain and cramping, relieving nausea and vomiting and helping to move undigested food masses. Herbs that stop diarrhea and bloating can also be found in the formulas. Herbs used to gastroenteritis will have anti-viral and antibacterial properties.
FatigueFatigue can be a lack of energy, both mental and physical. It can be muscle weakness where the capacity for physical activity is diminished. Fatigue can also be seen in a mental lacking where memory recall is diminished and there may be an inability to start or complete a project, be it a daily activity or an occupational task. Chronic fatigue that lasts for longer than six months is deemed chronic fatigue syndrome.
Someone suffering from fatigue might complain of lethargy, listlessness, lack of energy, feeling tired and worn out, weariness, exhaustion, and a generally feeling run down.Fatigue FormulasFormulas for fatigue include herbs that target individual symptoms as well as tonify the body overall. Herbs that boost energy will be in these formulas as well as herbs that increase circulation. Strengthening the lungs and immune system play an important part in these herbal formulas so herbs that contribute to these factors are included.
10 to 15 percent of couples in the United States have infertility issues. The inability to get pregnant after having unprotected sex for at least one year constitutes infertility. It can be due to one of the partners or by a number of factors that prevent pregnancy from happening. Several female components could be a factor in infertility cases. Age can play a factor, as can irregular and/or painful menstruation, prior cancer treatment, and more than one miscarriage. For men, problems with sperm, like low sperm count, testicular or prostate problems, low testosterone and/or prior cancer treatments can be a factor.Infertility Herbal Formulas
Herbs used in formulas to treat fertility issues in women help to regulate the menses, increase libido and tonify and strengthen the body as a whole.
Formulas for male fertility issues include herbs that increase libido, help with sperm motility and tonify the body overall.
- Heart Issues
Headaches are a continuous pain in the head or neck region. Approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and is a common form of pain. Symptoms can include muscle tension and tightness, vice-like grip around the head, blurred vision, stabbing pain, nausea. These are just a few of the complaints of headache sufferers. Largely the cause is unknown, but headaches can or may be triggered by caffeine, dehydration, high blood pressure, foods and food allergies, environmental factors, head trauma or stress.
Formulas used for headaches will increase blood flow and relieve inflammation. Herbs helping with muscle tension are part of the formulas as well as herbs that address the root cause of the headache, be it the common cold or a food sensitivity. These herbs will work to not only make the symptoms subside—the headache—but go to work on the primary cause.
Blood pressure is measured by the amount of blood your heart pumps and and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is when your blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg or higher most of the time. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease. Hypertension is either primary (no known cause) or secondary (conditions that affect the kidneys, arteries, heart or endocrine system). Dietary and lifestyle changes can help to lower elevated blood pressure.
When treating hypertension with an herbal formula, herbs that have blood circulating properties make up the bulk of the formula. Herbs that tonify the body as a whole are used as well.
We all forget things from time to time. But when memory loss or recall stands in the way of everyday function, we start to wonder if something is wrong. The aging process is a normal and natural part of our lives and with that comes the decline of the body’s functions, memory being one of them. Normal memory loss, however, is different than Alzheimer’s and dementia. The inability to recall names, appointments, places or historical facts are very different signs of memory loss compared to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s where they may ask the same question repeatedly, mix up words that have very different meanings, misplace common items, get lost in their neighborhood and have sudden mood changes.
Memory loss may be due to chronic stress, head trauma, medications, depression, vitamin (B-12) deficiency, excessive drinking, thyroid malfunction, pregnancy and menopause.
These formulas contain herbs may enhance pituitary function and prevent the loss of neurotransmitter receptors. They improve recall and reaction time by improving neurological functions. Herbs that address cerbrovascular disorders are used to dilate blood vessels, improve blood circulation and oxygen utilization. Herbs that enhance immune function and overall body tonifying agents round out the formulas used.
Menopause is defined as twelve months or longer with no menstrual period. Peri-menopausal symptoms may occur before this permanent cessation of the period. This can mean months of no period, followed by a regular schedule. The median age of menopause in the United States is 51. Hormone levels fluctuate and cause simple or radical changes in the body. Symptoms that can occur during peri-menopause and menopause are hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal itching and dryness, urinary symptoms, mood swings, decreased libido, headaches and sleep disturbances.
Formulas for menopause include herbs that remove heat and herbs that nourish the blood. Calming herbs help with insomnia and sleep issues, while headaches are addressed with herbs that help circulate the blood.
- Obesity/Weight Loss
Having more body weight than is optimally healthy can lead to numerous and varied consequences and health risks. Body mass index or BMI is considered when calculating weight.Find your BMI
Excess body fat can lead to coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, joint issues, digestion problems, insomnia and premature death are a few things linked to being overweight.
Increased intake of high fat and high sugar foods lead to additional weight as does lack of physical activity.
Weight Loss Formulas
Herbs contained in weight loss formulas are natural appetite suppressants. They also help regulate the stomach and promote digestion. Some herbs used work with blood glucose and therefore lower blood sugar and will affect insulin levels. These herbs and formulas also boost seratonin production.
Any time there is an injury to joint, tendon, or bone that will most likely result in swelling, immediate application will substantially stop thickening and stiffness. These will also help to prevent bruises from forming. They also works well on sprained ankles or toes and can dramatically reduce swelling and immobility commonly resulting from injuries to the feet, shins, and forearms. Recommended use is for athletes and anyone suffering from arthritis.
- Joint stiffness
- Joint Pain
- Muscle stiffness
- Neck and Back pain/aches
- Sports Injuries
- Sprains and strains