Fibromyalgia and Allyship in Herbal Care and Practice

Originally written in early 2013 while attending Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies located on Tsawout Territories, this piece focuses on the physiological, emotional and social aspects of approaching Fibromyalgia (and by extension, chronic pain) care from a clinical western herbalism perspective. Included are thoughts and considerations for all care providers, friends, family, and community members when interacting with folks living with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain, as well as starting points for discussion surrounding the reader's personal relationship to wildcrafting medicines on Turtle Island, and engaging in the practice of traditional medicines in a general context. We all come to herbal medicine and form relationships to plants and the land from various experiences. May we be thoughtful of our privileges and our intersecting his/herstories on this land as we strive to provide wellness care and in our community/s.

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