Registered Herbalist-(AHG), Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Teacher, Researcher, and Natural Health Advocate, Carmen Adams, from Innergy Med Group was kind enough to share some of her time, insights and professional experience with MysticMag.
What experiences brought you and the world of Herbalism together?
I always knew that I would work in HealthCare. I was the child or teenager that family members would come and quiz when they had ailments. Culturally, I grew up in a household that utilized herbal remedies. However, I was also a premature baby so from a very early age I was able to experience the wonders of Allopathic (Modern) Medicine. I have always had a healthy respect for both.
It wasn’t until later during my studies that I started learning certain things that I wouldn’t implement personally if I were to have children. I did actually want to be a pediatrician and because I didn’t want to be a hypocrite this encouraged me to delve back into my cultural roots. However, I wanted more formal training versus the oral passing down of information. This led me to completing many courses and internships on herbalism.
All in all, I always knew I would work in HealthCare based on my natural-led interest and my own health history. Not only did I learn things that I knew I wouldn’t implement as both a health-care practitioner and as a mother, but I also learned things that were no longer conducive to my own body. For example, many years before I was diagnosed with various ailments such as hypothyroidism, ADHD and anxiety, it was always passed under the rug as anemia…
So, Herbalism, in conjunction with Allopathic Medicine in the form of diagnostic tools, led me to this juncture and my goal is to teach others that they may advocate for themselves, which is why I have a wellness program called Become a Self-Help Advocate.
Do you believe that alternative healing can conquer all?
I do not believe that ANYTHING can conquer all. In my opinion, herbalism could actually be dangerous if/when “medicinal absolutes” about their effectiveness is the primary mindset of the herbalist and the client being taught. Herbalism is more of an art and I feel addressing the mind, body and spirit, while utilizing tools such as herbs and/or supplements or nutriceuticals can aid somebody in their journey but herbs may not be the be all and end all in complex situations. Teaching others about herbs has led me to believe that they are an amazing tool but just like building any foundation, many tools are needed.
What exactly is your role/function on your clients journey to health?
I evaluate, educate and empower clients to make the practical changes that work for their life-path. I am a guide – an unbiased resource of information that is simply pointing a person in a direction of information that they may not yet have considered and encouraging them to cultivate their healthcare support team, whether that be me (as a herbalist, nutritionist or minister) or their physician or specialist. I am not an end all be all, I become a part of their healthcare support team.
Are you able to describe what alternative medicine solutions you have available to clients?
I do Divinity Coaching which is similar to Life Coaching but with a spiritual connotation, and I offer education in the form of customized Holistic Wellness Concepts regarding herbs and supplements. Understanding that what we put in and on our bodies directly affects our physical reality, I teach clients how to intentionally and safely consume Supplements & Herbs as well as identify foods containing helpful nutrients. During our time together, we discuss the Holistic Wellness Concepts for Educational Purposes that I feel you may benefit from based on the body, mind, and spiritual information shared in this sacred space of confidentiality. These Holistic Wellness Concepts are based in science, research, and expert analysis across many different healthcare modalities. I offer iridology services, ionic foot baths, and plant sacrament ceremonies (but not at present). I am not an acupuncturist, chiropractor, or massage therapist but I have many other complementary practitioners that I refer my clients to and I stay in my lane as Herbalist, Nutritionist and Minister. I am gifted in helping people gain clarity regarding their hearts’ version of true happiness using a variety of holistic & spiritual tools, as well as the Law of Attraction and the Art of Allowing.
How do you see the future of Natural Health?
I see Allopathic Medicine and Alternative Medicine going hand in hand, both respecting each other and having access to both. It is amazing to see more and more MDs that respect the power of herbalism and are willing to refer to those that have dedicated their education to learning it. I foresee alternative therapies and allopathic therapies walking hand in hand but in their respective lanes. As a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, I teach traditional and folkloric uses of herbs as well as of my cultural understanding o the plant’s spirit. Being of African, East Indian, and Choctaw & Creek Native descent, I utilize my indigenous roots to bring herbal education to the communities that I serve.
If you would like to find out more about Carmen Adams and Innergy Med Group, visit https://www.innergymedgroup.com/ or follow on tiktok – @innergymedgroup, https://www.instagram.com/innergymedgroup/