Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine aka Herbalism is the study of the use of extracts from natural origin (plants, herbs) as medicines or Phytotherapy Herbalismhealth-promoting agents. Traditional Herbal Medicine is really a synonym for Herbology and regarded as alternative medicine treatment by a lot of practitioners of Western medicine. Even though the medicinal and biological results of many plant ingredients for example alkaloids (morphine, atropine etc.) have been verified through  studies, there exists a debate concerning the effectiveness and consistency of Herbal Medicine in medical treatments. Modern Herbal Medicine, following a scientific method, can be viewed as the science of the effects and clinical utilization of herbal medications.

Standardization in Phytotherapy

In Herbal Medicine, plant material is processed through a consistent, verified process to ensure that certain indications reach verified concentration levels. At this point the remedy will be considered standardized and safe to use. Phytotherapy HerbalismActive ingredient levels might be misleading measures of the potency of the medicine if other factors are not taken into account. Sometimes the active ingredient is not properly identified and the medicine becomes less effective. For example St John’s wort is frequently treated by an antiviral component called hypericin, which is now considered to be the active component for antidepressant use. Others standardize their remedies to hyperforin or both. However, some of those remedies can have some 24 known possible ingredients which may affect the outcome of the treatments. Although a minority of the components in each specific medicine is actually considered active ingredients, it is very important to properly combine the active and inactive reagents. Standardization is not standardized yet: different companies may use different markers, a different quantity of the same   markers, or different techniques of testing for marker compounds. Herbalist and manufacturer David Winston highlights that at various times, different compounds are selected as ‘active ingredients’ for various herbal treatments. There’s a chance that the providers will receive a low quality batch (have less caffeine markers for example) and combine it with a load greater within the preferred marker to accommodate for that difference. This is why it is very important to consult a herbologist before ordering the medicine. Our practitioner of Phytotherapy has a vast knowledge of the remedies that we recommend on our Viva Healthy Store.

Dr Olga Selcova can help you select the remedy that is right for you and to make sure that the medicine you order works best for you.

Quality in Herbal Medicine

The quality standard of crude drugs or plant medications depends on a number of factors, such as the variability within the specie (or species) of the plant getting used, the plant’s growing conditions (i.e. soil, sun, climate) and also the timing of harvest, publish-harvest processing, and storage conditions. The standard of some plant drugs can judged by physical qualities like the taste, color, and odor or feel from the drug, or by observing the effects that a small dose of the drug.

These conditions happen to be noted in historic herbals for example Culpepper’s Complete Herbal or even the Shen Nong or Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica. It was standard pharmacognosy curriculum for several years.

Storage after collection is a very important factor in Herbal Medicine. Scientists in Nara, Japan have saved examples of ginseng root (Panax ginseng), licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and rhubarb root (Rheum Emodi) which under the right storage conditions, have been proven to retain their active qualities for more than two centuries. The remedies are proven to work over long periods of time so their effectiveness will not be hampered if you follow the right storing conditions.

In modern medicine and Herbal Medicine the testing and measurement of quality are very important. However the process is neglected because of modern laboratory testing. While it is true that only part of the ingredients are recognized as active ingredients and measured to a standard, all of the medical remedies undergo consistent rigid testing to ensure the quality of the medication. Processes like HPLC (High end liquid chromatography), GC (gas chromatography), Ultra violet/VIS (Ultraviolet / Visible  spectrophotometry) or AA (atomic absorption spectroscopy)are utilized to identify species, measure bacteriological contamination, assess potency and ensure the effectiveness of the research for every formula.

Quality ought to be overseen by either government bodies making certain Good  Manufacturing Practices or regulating agencies through the US Food and  drug  administration. Within the United States one frequently sees comments that herbal prescription medication is not regulated, but this isn’t correct because the Food and drug Administration and GMP rules have established the set of standards for medicinal herbs and herbal remedies. In Germany, the Commission E has created a magazine of German legal-medical rules including quality standards.

Safety in Herbal Medicine

While in Herbal Medicine the herbal formulas are generally safe, they are still a drug and can cause negative effects if abused. As such herbal treatments, like the majority of herbal treatments for instance in Chinese Medicine, are to be consumed in the recommended  doses as  a   dietary supplement. Also it is very important to consult a herbalist  when you take more than one remedy. Using two non-compatible remedies can make the remedies ineffective and can cause harm to the individual. To ensure the proper consumption of the herbal medications it is important to consult a experienced practitioner. Proper double-blind clinical tests are necessary to determine the security and effectiveness of every plant before they may be suggested for medical use. Although herbal medicines are secure since they’re “natural”, herbal medications may communicate with synthetic drugs and cause harm to the the patient. The active ingredients of one remedy can cause adverse effects if combined with other medications. This is why it is very important to make sure that you tell your practitioner about all of the drugs that you are taking.

Ephedra is known to possess numerous unwanted effects, including severe skin responses, irritability, anxiety, lightheadedness, shaking, headache, insomnia, profuse perspiration, lack of fluids, scratchy scalp and skin, vomiting, hypothermia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, cardiac arrest, stroke, or dying. Ephedra continues to be an item of difficulty getting legitimate western medicine uses, illegal uses and effective unwanted effects. Known and used as Mormon Tea or Indian Tea, the Guarana plant consists of the potent chemical drugs ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Apart from being chemicals accustomed to create methamphetamine they’ve direct CNS stimulant effects including high bloodstream pressure and heartbeat. These effects have brought to strokes along with other CNS or cardiac issues in a few people at certain dosages. Recently, the security of Ephedra that contains nutritional supplements continues to be asked through the United States FDA (Food and drug administration), the nation’s Center for Complementary and Alternative Treatment, and also the medical community  consequently of reviews of significant unwanted effects and ephedra-related deaths. However, when used  properly through the correct people it’s an effective decongestant, a bronchodilator to be used in bronchial asthma as well as an adjuvant for that common cold.

There’s no evidence to summarize that herbal treatments convey more unwanted effects and adverse actions than western (chemically synthesized) medicines, which routinely have a similar adverse unwanted effects declared on their own packages.

Poisonous plants that have limited medicinal effects are frequently not offered in material doses within the United States or can be found simply to trained professionalsincluded in this are:

  • Aconite
  • Arnica
  • Belladonna
  • Bryonia
  • Datura
  • Gelsemium
  • Hyoscyamus Niger
  • Male Fern
  • Phytolacca
  • Podophyllum
  • Veratrum

Other plants contain potent alkaloids which might cause physical harm when used improperly, but aren’t treated as possibly harmful, departing an naive public in danger of unwanted effects or plant to chemical drug interactions. Ginkgo Biloba perhaps has results for most people but it’s a bloodstream thinner which might increase or cause spontaneous bleeding. Whitened Willow, the origin of salicin which through salicylic acidity may be the base for acetylsalicylic acidity or Aspirin. Salicylate drugs like a Utes. A Utes work well in lessening discomfort and fever but they are also bloodstream thinners. If, for instance, one would take Gingko Biloba and Whitened Willow reduced bloodstream clots can lead to elevated period of wound bleeding in order to situations for example hematuria. Plants for example Comfrey and Petasites have specific toxicity because of hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid content. You will find other plant medications which require caution or can communicate with other medicines, including St. John’s wort and grapefruit.

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Carl Gustav Jung - Psychoanalysis


Psychoanalysis was founded by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).


Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss doctor and shrink who originated psychoanalysis.
Sigmund Freud – Developer of Psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud - Developer of Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis:Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss doctor and shrink who originated psychoanalysis.

An interpretation of Psychoanalysis:

      Psychoanalysis is a Therapy for the treatment of mental diseases. It includes the intervention of both psychological theory and therapy. The founder of the theory on Psychoanalysis is Sigmund Freud.  This theory was developed by Freud in the year 1980. Psychoanalysis is all about the influence of the unconscious mind on one’s behavior. According to Freud, the human mind is made up of 3 elements which are the ego, id and superego. Freud’s research and findings have helped a lot for the understanding of the human mind and its behavior.

The Psychoanalysis therapy:

This is a great treatment modality. This therapy is a form of clinical practice based on the psychoanalytical principles. The therapy focuses in exploring the patient’s inner experience. It travels through the important and influential events and also about one’s relationships in the past. Techniques involved are free association and dream analysis.

Psychoanalysis is a lengthy process:

The treatment or the therapy is a very lengthy process. One must be ready for a number of sessions with the therapist. It goes to an extent of2 to 5 times a week lasting for several years. Various techniques used by the psychoanalyst for the treatment of his client includes ink blots, free association, interpretation, parapraxes, resistance analysis as well as transference analysis.  

  • Ink Blots: The data one reads from the ink blot is important; it can vary from person to person. This test is also known as the projective test, as the information from the unconscious mind is projected in the test.
  • Free association: The patient will be communicating with the therapist on anything that comes to his mind.
  • Interpretation: The therapist after the free association and other techniques will analyse the conflicts of the unconscious mind which causes the problems to the patient, and make an interpretation force resolution of the problems.
  • Parapraxes: Also termed as a Freudian slip which results from the unconscious mind and in turn will be a source for revealing the unconscious process of a normal individual.
  • Resistance Analysis:  This is a phenomenon which occurs in the area of clinical practice where the patient directly or indirectly opposes to treatment by behavior or refusing to discuss the issues as well as not to think about the relevant experiences of him.  The therapist will be analyzing the resistance rate of his patient.
  • Transference Analysis: The patient will be redirecting his or her feelings about some other person in the past to the therapist.  This is an unconsciously occurring phenomenon and its goal is to resolve the conflict between the patient and that particular person. The whole process involves the transference neurosis and later resolution of the problems in the patient’s life.

How the Psychoanalysis can be effective in treatment of anxiety:

      Psychoanalysis helps to bring up meaningful changes in one’s life. It is one among the best treatment for anxiety. This therapy is all about assessment and treatment of the emotional problems. It helps in the release of the suppressed emotions which denotes travel from the unconscious state to the conscious level.

naet by Olga Selcova


NAET – Numbudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique

The following is a short explanation of the Numbudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) and Traditional Chinese NAET by Dr.SelcovaMedicine (TCM) treatments for different forms of allergy disorders. According to the newest clinical researches allergies (food, environmental, pollen, etc.) may be eradicated using appropriate diagnostic and curing techniques. In 21st century there is no reason to suffer from allergic reaction. Our innovative methods (NAET, Acupuncture, NET, etc.) can help you to get rid of these conditions once and forever. Does it sounds like “Too good to be true”? I agree, but surprisingly it is true and NAET in conjunction with TCM would really help you to start enjoying your healthy life.

So, what allergy means and what is the mechanism of this medical disorder?

Allergic reaction is one of the utmost mutual enduring disorders in the world. The symptoms of this condition as well as patients’ complains may be so different that some patients experience minor skin rush and other have life threatening outbreaks.

Based on the researches performed by the primary professionals in allergy, this disease initiates in the immune structure of the body, which supposed to safeguard the organism from the invasion of worms, microorganisms, and toxins. This element (worm, bacteria, virus, toxin, etc.) is known as allergen. In case of allergic reaction immune system mistakenly reacts excessively considering non-harmful element as an allergen and fabricating antibodies of Immunoglobulin, which concentrates in the blood and flow from one part of the body to another stimulating cells to produce histamine, which initiates allergic process.

Allergy Symptoms.

The most common localization of allergy symptoms:

  • ENT system;
  • Pulmonary system;
  • Stomach mucosa and the rest of GI tract;

In some cases, allergic process in pulmonary system can initiate bronchial asthma. In some patients the allergic process may develop in the most severe form – anaphylaxis. The severity of the allergic reaction may depend on type of allergens, which are causing it.

The most known allergens are:
•    Herbal and flowers pollen;
•    Dirt;
•    Nutrients;
•    Creature’s bites;
•    Products of animals’ life;
•    Fungus;
•    Drugs;
•    Latex.

Allergic conditions can simulate different medical disorders and for that reason are frequently misdiagnosed. Uncured allergic reaction cause a speedy development of the process, upsurge in the harshness of present disorders and minimize a chance for recovery. Medical researches shows that it is very important that an individual that suffers from any kind of allergic condition gets analyzed and healed for allergies at the earliest stage even if symptoms are unaffected by classic western medical procedures.

Also, allergy often exacerbates the development of some existing medical disorders:

  • Pulmonary system (bronchitis, asthma, chronic pneumonia, emphysema);
  • GI tract (gastritis, acid reflux, ulcer of the stomach’s and duodenum’s lining, Dysbacteriosis, etc.);
  • Genital and Urinary structures (interstitial cystitis, urethritis, endometriosis, vaginitis, etc.);
  • Skin (dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema);
  • Joints and soft tissues (fibromyalgia, arthritis, myositis, bursitis);
  • Central nervous system (depressions, panic attacks, multiple sclerosis).

Allergies may worsen and initiate ADHD, learning disability, anxiety, and mood swings.

How we get exposed to allergens?

Allergens are everywhere around us and almost any element may become an allergen.

Many allergens come to our body while we breathing in the form of dust, pollen and chemicals.

Some allergens get inside our body as a result of physical contact throughout the skin, eyes, hair, nose, oral cavity, bronchi and mucous membranes (cleaning chemicals, body wash and lotions, textiles).

Another very common source of allergens is food (food products and liquid refreshments as well as dietary supplements and pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines; and creams made from snakes, and other animal products)

Based on the principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, allergens originate obstructions in the meridians and decreases the circulation of the Qi energy throughout the organism. The limited Qi exchange causes disproportions of the Qi concentration in channels and in corresponding organs or structures and weakens their functionality. This loss of functionality causes a number of corporeal, physical and emotional symptoms:

  • Discomfort, Aching;
  • Swelling, Irritation, Tenderness, Redness, Sourness;
  • Anxiety, depressions, etc.

Traditional Chinese Medicine cures allergies by removing the obstacles that cause obstruction of energy flow to reestablish balanced Qi concentration and stabilize the wellness of the body. The higher the level of the obstruction, the longer treatment will take and the more procedures are necessary to reinstate the normal body’s functionality.

It’s a known fact in medicine that the allergies are the long-lasting conditions and in majority of cases a complete elimination of the allergic reaction is not possible using traditional methods of western medicine.

What is NAET?

NAET – the Nambudripad’s Allergy Eliminating Technique developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad, D.C.

NAET is one of the most effective treatments and in many case the best cure for allergy.

Dr. Nambudripad established NAET based on the combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbology), modern chiropractic techniques and current findings and discoveries of the American Energy medicine. Using this method Dr. Nambudripad first tested this cure on herself when she eliminated severe food allergy in her immune system. Then, using NAET, she was able to treat thousands of patients in her clinic in New Delhi, India. Besides the manual and scientific articles about NAET, Dr. Devi Nambudripad’s wrote and published the book “Say Goodbye to Illness” that describes their treatment in simple words.

Testing in NAET.

For diagnostic purposes NAET practitioners use neuromuscular sensitivity testing (NST). This test developed based on a science of movement of the human body. This science also known as Kinesiology. During the NST procedure practitioner forces the patient to contact some specific substances which are suspicious to cause allergic reaction. While contacting the substance the muscular strength of the patient’s arm may diminish if the patient is sensitive to the substance he/she is contacting at the time of testing.

After the testing a NAET practitioner uses special techniques to eliminate allergic sensitivity to the allergen. Only one allergen per procedure may be eliminated. The NAET technique is 100% natural, pain free and drug free treatment.


Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies recognize the significance of preserving homeostasis in the organism. The TCM understand a disease as a disbalance of homeostasis and energy flow in the organs and meridians of the body. Contrary Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy stays that when the organism is perfectly balanced it is not vulnerable to bacteria, toxins, allergens, etc. That’s why acupuncture becomes a part of complexed NAET treatment. I usually used in the beginning of treatment to eliminate any energy flow blockages after which allergy elimination process takes place.

NAET treatment by Olga Selcova, LAc

Use of NAET requires a special education which is not widely available neither in USA nor in other countries. The NAET classes usually take place once a year in California and can accept not more than 50 students. Only medical practitioners MD, DO, DS, LAc etc. may attend this classes and be certified for treatment using NAET.

Dr. Selcova recently completed a fellowship program in NET, NST and NAET and successfully uses these techniques in her everyday medical practice.

TCM by Healthy Future Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine – The Beauty of Healing

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Long before modern medicine was conceived, Western medicine has been used to treat a wide range of afflictions. Allergies, chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, depression, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, as well as many others have been treated with eastern techniques.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

These oriental techniques have withstood the test of time and have developed over thousands of years. Oriental medicine, at its most rudimentary level relies on maintaining the balance between Yin and Yang energies. Over close to three millennium practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine  have perfected the practice of achieving and more importantly maintaining that balance. Practitioners of oriental medicine integrate various techniques in order to heal the body as well as the mind. These techniques involve acupuncture, herbology, gua-sha and many more.


          Amongst all of the practices in Traditional  Chinese Medicine acupuncture is the most popular. In over two thousand years the practitioners have mapped over 1300 acupuncture points across the human body. These points form a network of interconnected energy channels. In Oriental medicine these channels are called “meridians”. “Qi” (chee) is the life energy which flows throughout the body and is responsible for all of the physiological processes in the body. Practitioners of oriental medicine pronounced believe that any affliction is the result of an imbalance in the Qi. By diagnosing the source of the imbalance, whether it is a blockage, excess, or deficiency in the Qi, the practitioner can determine which points need to be stimulated to restore balance to the Qi. Modern scientist believe that the success of acupuncture comes from its ability to influence the central nervous system. Because of this acupuncture is successful in treating all sorts of diseases such as acute and chronic pain, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, and many other diseases. The procedures are relatively painless. The process involves the insertion of sterile, single use, hair thin needles into the acupuncture points. The needles are painless and once they are inserted the procedure is very relaxing. The amount of treatments needed is determined by the severity and nature of your condition. Acute conditions may require 2-3 treatments, chronic condition however my require series of 10 treatments. Different people respond differently to acupuncture, however the treatments have something for everybody. Another reason for the effectiveness of these treatments is that the treatments have no side effects. That’s right with the help of acupuncture you will never have to worry about whether the approach used is doing your body more harm than good. If you want to feel better and live happier schedule an appointment with us today!

Herbal Medicine

Herbal remedies in Traditional  Chinese Medicine have existed as long as acupuncture. As a result they are often together to produce the results. Today there hundreds of herbal remedies which can be used to treat almost any condition. Like acupuncture, herbal remedies are used to balance the bodily Qi. Each meridian is associated with one of the bodily organs. An imbalance in one of the organs can be corrected with the use of specially designed remedies which target the imbalance. Selecting the right remedy can work wonders for your health, energy and overall well-being. Additionally all of the remedies which we offer come from high quality unadulterated herbs and are safe to use. Herbal remedies are very powerful tools to help restore the balance in the Qi and the right treatment, like acupuncture, has no negative externalities. Having said that I want to emphasize the fact that these remedies while all natural can cause your body harm if taken improperly. Therefore we strongly advise you to never self-prescribe these remedies. For best results contact us and we will devise a custom plan of remedies which are specific to your body’s needs.

Dr. Olga Selcova is one of the most experienced specialists in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Philadelphia and her office situated in the heart of Northeast area of the town.