BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
QUESTION: Do you know if there is anything that will
help tarsal tunnel?
ANSWER: Though not as much is written about
tarsal tunnel, my thoughts are the treatment would be
the same as for carpal tunnel. (I would get a diagnosis
and make sure you have tarsal tunnel and not a neuroma
which can manifest the same symptoms)
Aloe Vera, devils claw,
yarrow and yucca will help restore flexibility and
reduce inflammation. Capsicum for pain relief.
Marshmallow Root to soothe and soften the tissues and
My question is what do you recommend for an injured
nerve. The C-5 nerve root in my neck was injured in
surgery eight years ago. This has caused weakness and
muscle atrophy in my left shoulder. Is there any hope at
this point? What protocol would you suggest?
Nerves are funny things. Are you seeing a good
Chiropractor? That would be my first suggestion. If you
had damage to the spinal column, you need to make sure
everything is properly aligned before you try other
things. Ginseng, Nettle and oats are the herbs that are
most often used for nerve tonics.
I had read St. John's Wort is good for nerve damage.
What do you say?
St. John's Wort is for healing and depression, not
damaged nerves. For damaged nerves, Chamomile, Skullcap,
Wood betony , Ginseng, Nettle and Oats seem to be the
herbs of choice. Of course, you need to ensure that
you're feeding your body the very best things you can.
You will be able to find many things on herbs on the
internet and it's not for me to validate them or
invalidate them. I am just one more source. I think as an
antidepressant and an aid in the healing and function of
neurotransmitters, St.John's Wort is well documented. Most
of the things I've read use it in conjunction with other
practices like the story on polarity treatment. I can't
find anywhere that someone took only St. John's Wort for
nerve replacement or regeneration and had it well
documented. I don't know the extent of your injuries, the
symptoms you're experiencing, medications you might be
taking etc. So when you asked for the best herbs to help
with the nerves and said it wasn't a case of a spinal
injury that could be aided by chiropractic manipulation, I
suggested the herbs I most often turn to. Lots of
people read this forum and if I write that St. John's Wort
is the Nervine cure all, there would be those who would
run out and use it in excess, probably doing more harm
than good. I prefer a well-rounded approach using multiple
herbs, diet and vitamins and minerals. St. John's Wort is
just not one of the herbs I prefer in my nerve tonics. All
herbalists have their favorite herbs for different
conditions.. I don't ever use just one herb for anything.
I always do combinations. That's just my particular
Do I think it would hurt you to start taking St. John's
Wort? I have no way of knowing without a full
consultation. If there is a ND or holistic practitioner
close that you could see, that would be my suggestion.