Cosmetic Surgery Recovery, Eczema, Fertility – More Than Skin-deep

Post-Surgical (Cosmetic) Bruising+Swelling recovery, Eczema resolution, followed by Fertility Success! We go further than “skin deep” at THE MEDICAL HERBALIST APOTHECARY.

What better way to share the details than with a stellar testimonial! One of our Patients who works with us via Phone and posting Custom-tailored Hand-compounded Herbal Medicines to her home in Los Angeles, California:

“I can’t say enough good things about Tami. I was referred to her by my plastic surgeon before I had a fat transfer early this fall and I’ve kept her close ever since our first conversation. She’s FANTASTIC. Smart, sweet, easy to speak to, timely, honest. I had three things I wanted her help with: limit the swelling in my face post-procedure, get rid of my eczema without steroid creams, and help balance my hormones so I can hopefully conceive over the next year so. It is now December and Tami has successfully helped all three happen for me. My surgery was a complete success, the disappearance of my eczema after only a few weeks was like magic, and what I thought would take at least a few months of trying… (conception) ended up only taking my first month of ovulation. She’s like a wizard!
And the best part of it all is she isn’t putting anything synthetic in your body — it’s all natural. I hope more people start turning to this type of practice of medicine. I can’t recommend her enough. Thank you, Tami!”
~ Sara S., Los Angeles, CA

Tami Bronstein is a Medical Herbalist, qualified via University of Wales in England (UK), with Post-graduate work alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France. Her Specialty is working from a NeuroEndocrine [hormonal] foundation of imbalance and plant medicine remediation. She also holds a BSc in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and 25 years’ nationally certified experience with clinical Neuromuscular and Osteopathic soft tissue techniques for Pain and Rehabilitation.

Tami works with referrals from top surgeons and physicians in New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as through Independent care.

If this resonates for You, give us a jingle at 908.432.2990 or email us at info@MedicaLHerbalistApothecary.com

Welcoming New Patients!

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Head Cold Prevention

Acute contagious respiratory infections — such as head colds — spread by droplet. Fluids are transferred onto surfaces, where viruses can linger. We know washing hands is essential, but we are less able to control what becomes airborne.

How to reduce exposure is as simple as rinsing the internal nostrils with pure saline wash. Read labels carefully to skip unnecessary ingredients such as ‘moisturizers’.

For prevention: Aim for a minimum of nightly rinsing, and angle the spray nozzle into the inner tip of the nose — this is where the Rhinovirus replicates, so you can interrupt its multiplication. You may also rinse the septum (middle wall of nose).

Do NOT forcefully “snort” or “sniff” the fluid, aim to stream it in and allow it to drain out. No need for rinsing so far back as to produce a gag reflex, simply lean forward and allow fluid to drain into the sink.

There are useful herbal additions to the saline wash that we suggest to Patients, but this requires understanding the Individual’s medical history for tolerance. Meanwhile, plain saline is portable, inexpensive and non-addictive. This reduces the load of viruses upon the immune system to manage, contain, and neutralize.

Flushing the nose can also keep viruses and bacteria from traveling into the sinuses, for which sinusitis and sinus infections would require more focused internal Herbal Medicine treatment to work systemically, with the aim to avoid overuse of antibiotics for treatment.

Saline additionally acts to reduce congestion, at least where it comes into contact; Salt ‘draws’ fluids to itself.

Neti pots can be useful, but not always convenient for travel or time for preparation; Best to keep at least a small bottle of pre-mixed saline wash spray for those nights when preparing remedies is simply not an option.

If a family member in the house or co-worker at the workplace is unwell, rinse the nose morning and nightly.

Also useful: Running a quality air purifier — in addition to your household furnace filter — to expedite filtration of indoor air exposures.

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Low Testosterone, Natural Remedy

“Low T”. Waning [Low] Testosterone awareness in Men is evolving — yet — it goes beyond simply ‘supplementing’ with an end-unit hormone (and the risks of cancer, irritability, and other effects with synthetic hormone supplementation that go along with it).

What we look to establish is the ‘Why’ so that we can give the body what it needs to balance itself, without the risks and side-effects.

What better way to describe what we do at The Medical Herbalist Apothecary than with a Patient Story!

Male Patient, mid-40s presented with clinically low Testosterone, via conventional blood-work testing. Symptoms included fatigue and a high volume of ‘visceral [internal abdominal] fat’. He also presented with Irritability and Anxiety, in addition to feeling a “lack of interest” in daily lifestyle needs.

This Patient is in the hospitality industry of Mid-town New York City, so you can imagine the variable schedules and pressures of this work, impacting sleep schedules in-addition.

Upon his Initial Exam, we delved deeply into the years when symptoms first began — as well as events leading up to these symptoms — to get to the CAUSE or triggers, to piece the puzzle together.

His response to this care with Herbal Medicine — which includes Nutritional Therapeutic Guidance to complement results — began to resolve troublesome symptoms within the first two months, and was successful to resolution of care within 4-6 months. We were able to “reset the internal clock” so that he could then manage solely through lifestyle habits. No pharmaceuticals, no supplement tablets or capsules required.

If this resonates for You or a significant man in your life, give us a jingle at 908.432.2990 or email us at info@MedicaLHerbalistApothecary.com

Tami Bronstein is a Medical Herbalist, qualified via University of Wales in England (UK), with Post-graduate work alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France. Her Specialty is working from a NeuroEndocrine [hormonal] foundation of imbalance and plant medicine remediation. She also holds a BSc in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and 25 years’ nationally certified experience with clinical Neuromuscular and Osteopathic soft tissue techniques for Physical Pain and Rehabilitation.

Tami works with referrals from top surgeons and physicians in New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as through Independent care.

Welcoming New Patients!

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Waking at 3 to 4 am on the regular?

Find yourself waking up between 3-4am — perhaps a little anxious, or in a puddle of sweat — on an occasional or recurring basis? While some causes are related to hormonal balance concerns, in this week’s ‘kitchen table talk’, I would like to address sources within your dietary habits, and how they may factor into this trend.

This can empower you with managing the effects of dietary habits upon sleep patterns.

Habits such as a high-starch dinner, high starch/fruit/sugar-based snacks, and wine or spirits in the evening can contribute to the increased overnight liver activity in processing carbohydrates (or alcohol) into glucose.

Glucose is the simplest unit of sugar, which comes from any plant, nut/seed or grain; Any foodstuff that is not animal flesh contains variably-complex (or simple) carbohydrates, with variable protein and fat composition.

The key here is the “complexity” of the carbohydrate; The longer the chain of carbons, the longer and more sustained energy it will provide with a slower rate at which glucose (sugar) enters the blood stream. Glucose is then taken-in by cells for metabolic energy or converted for storage in the liver (future use). Any glucose that is not utilized for activity or stored in the liver will be converted into fat.

Sometimes, diet composition is not the singular “cause” of sleep disruption. The Central Nervous System and Endocrine hormones are intricately intertwined to sustain all of our coordinated cellular metabolism and normal function, which requires a more specialized approach to remedy.

Sleep patterns are directly related to these hormonal imbalances, that evolve from numerous potential factors — more than can be mentioned here in a simple post. It is within this NeuroEndocrine relationship that is where we seek to normalize this “higher, brain-to-hormone” control center of cellular metabolism and sleep patterns.

Applying Integrative medical approaches via University-based clinical study and post-graduate work in England and France, we tailor remedies to these hormonal imbalances; We provide what the body requires to restore normal hormonal production pathways, regulation and overall function. We prepare unmatched-quality organic whole plant extracts — not factory-made — onsite at our Clinic for Herbal Medicine on Mendham Road in Gladstone.

Your medical history is uniquely Yours; Shouldn’t its care be expertly tailored to You?

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“I need to Detox!” Concepts in Detoxification

“After all of this, I am going to need some serious Detox!”

Sound familiar? Detoxification is decidedly amongst the most popular trends of recent years. There is a deep history of varied methods for ‘purification’ on physical, mental/emotional and spiritual levels, which can be overwhelmingly daunting for seekers of cleansing the body and mind.

“How do I get started?”

First, we must understand precisely how the body functions, and what “detoxification” truly means. We can then take an approach that actually works WITH the body’s healthy physiology. That is, “general detox” may miss the mark after an unpleasant, inconvenient, and complicated process. Enduring ‘suffering’ is not necessary to optimizing our energy and vitality.

In fact, it places more STRAIN upon the body’s natural processes – and can trigger exacerbation of existing conditions – notably when enduring intense deprivation routines alongside certain medical conditions or imbalances.

Secondly, we must clarify our imbalances and goals. We must ask ourselves: “Could my imbalances require more than a simple ‘detox’?

Ideally, tailoring the process to our own medical history, lifestyle demands, and nuances of current imbalances supports effective, longer lasting results. There are certainly foods and plant medicines to hasten (enhance/accelerate) the movement of waste through the body’s Channels of Elimination, when selected with these factors in-mind.

There are no ‘celebrity’ herbs — no ‘plant du jour’ or cure-all — in the plant kingdom. They must be selected with the entire individual’s history, imbalances and goals considered as well as accommodated.

Embarking on a “One Size Fits All” detoxification program may seem beneficial in the short term, but like a custom-crafted gown or suit, there is much to be said for the long-term benefits of exclusive designs and highest quality materials: Not all plant preparations are created equal or appropriate for each of us.

In this sense, seeking professional counsel is one’s best approach to defining goals, understanding related key medical considerations, and ensuring safety with efficacy.

Timing is Everything. The body does not ‘purify’ its tissues or reset its hormonal functions simply because we force/insist a complex routine of tablets, capsules or juices upon it for three to 14 days.

Every organ system has its own timing of cellular life cycles.

Radical programs don’t alter these normal timelines. In fact, some programs stress the body with enough to create an imbalance as it struggles for equilibrium to function around it.

For instance: Liver cells regenerate through a three week cycle. That is, if you were to donate half of your liver to a recipient, in approximately three weeks, the size/mass of the organ would grow back. The new growth becomes fully functional in variable timing/weeks later.

Detoxification can be effective without the “healing crisis” of headaches, nausea, low energy, lack of mental concentration, lightheadedness, diarrhea, or distracting sense of hunger.

Why suffer? “Healing crisis” doesn’t make the liver cells fully renew themselves in those three to 14 days, just because that is the timeframe we dedicate or a “program” dictates.

Forcing excessive bowel elimination for days or weeks not only depletes the body of nutrients and vital energy, it dehydrates and causes opposite rebound effects after the diet.

Most of the trendy programs have followers singing their praises of “feeling great” after getting through a number of decidedly crummy days. The Truth is — even without complicated routines or handfuls of nauseating capsules — the favorable reports are primarily a result from:

  • A daily predominance of vegetables and some amount of fruits (not excessive fruits, which can spike blood sugar and facilitate the “crash” of headaches and nausea).
  • Regularity of intake timing. Consuming at least something every 2-3 hours sustains healthy blood sugar levels, and as such, keeps hormonal balance more reasonable, despite complex outlined routines.
  • Cutting: Processed foods, artificial additives, flavor enhancers, preservatives, sodas, added sugars, meats, dairy, shellfish, fried foods, pesticide/herbicide-laden and genetically modified foods, sweeteners, protein ‘isolates’, and isolated nutrients of questionable sources.
  • Increased water intake. Adequate hydration can have immediate results upon improved elimination, metabolism, acid/alkaline (pH) levels, and cognitive [mental] clarity.

Radical programs help some people break behavioral habits through a dramatic shift in routine, but fall short of exacting deep physiological detoxification for long lasting effect.

“I made it through the cleanse, so why am I not feeling better?” One must get to the cause of the imbalance, which may not be just a simple build up of toxins. Just as fingerprints are unique to each of us, so is our personal medical history.

Our physical care should be precisely tailored to functions that are not up to par, and true detoxification occurs when we incorporate reasonable, sustainable changes over longer periods of time.

There is little physiological benefit or rationale to an intense period of ‘suffering for purification’ — it merely provides a break in behavioral habits.

True detox at a physiological level happens when it is in-sync with the body’s actual cellular life cycles and factoring-in one’s own medical history with functional goals.

[N.B.]: Those with issues such as IBS, Colitis, Autoimmune, and Metabolic Disorders, Thyroid Disease, on prescription medications, compromised immune systems and other hormonal pathologies should not take part in radical detoxification programs without supervision.

Keynote Concepts in Detoxification: Incorporate reasonable, sustainable changes over longer periods of time.

Tami Bronstein is a Medical Herbalist qualified through BSc at the University of Wales in England (UK) with Post-graduate work alongside Medical Doctors of France — in an Integrative NeuroEndocrine-Immunology therapy model. Tami also holds a BSc in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, with 25 years nationally certified experience in Neuromuscular, Osteopathic and Joint mobilization manual therapies for Pain and Rehabilitation.

Available at the Clinic and By-Phone, for patients out-of-state or further afield. Custom-compounded Medicines shipped direct, as required.

Clinic: 17 Mendham Road, Suite 400, Gladstone, New Jersey 07934

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