How to make your own Gila River Medicine from scratch
The Gila Valley has one of the most diverse populations of indigenous people in the world, with indigenous people living in some of the highest concentrations in Arizona and New Mexico.
Their numbers have been steadily declining, and a growing number of doctors are turning to traditional medicine for a new kind of healing.
Dr. John Hines, a physician in Arizona, is a pioneer in this new healing style.
“It’s called ‘gila river medicine,’ and I started to hear from people in northern Arizona that their pain and discomfort were getting better when they took it,” Hines says.
“I started hearing from them that it’s very effective in treating a variety of different things that could be a source of chronic pain.”
In fact, he says, he’s seen doctors start using Gila river remedies as a way to manage pain and other symptoms.
“You have these people, they have these high pain thresholds and they are having these problems,” Hamps says.
So Hines started making his own herbal remedies from local plants and then selling them online.
In fact he’s selling herbal teas and herbal teaware for about $1 per 1,000 doses.
Dr Hines has seen a number of health problems in the Gila area.
He’s seen some of them in patients with high blood pressure, which is a common problem in the region.
He says there’s a lot of research on this, but most doctors don’t believe it to be real.
“They don’t have any studies that show that they’re really effective,” Hills says.
But now, he believes there’s enough evidence that Gila water is a good source of hydration and nutrients.
So what does this medicine look like?
In most cases, herbal remedies work by combining a number different herbs.
Some of them are used for treating certain health conditions, and some are used to treat certain diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Some herbs are used in a topical form, and others are used as an injectable.
So when Hines makes his own, he uses only the herbs he believes to be most effective.
“If I take the herbal medicine and mix it up with some other herbs, then I can make it really powerful,” he says.
Hines and his wife, Karen, a nurse practitioner in Arizona’s Yuma area, use the herbal remedies on a regular basis.
Karen says her family used to suffer from headaches, but that they’ve gotten much better since they started using herbal remedies.
Karen explains that GILAS water is “a great source of water, especially in Arizona,” and she and Hines are also seeing improvement in their children.
They’ve started using GILAs for their kids’ asthma and asthma exacerbations.
“We can’t be stressed enough about asthma, and the GILas water helps them deal with it,” Karen says.
There’s also anecdotal evidence that the water is effective in fighting infection and relieving arthritis.
But what does Hines think of other herbal remedies?
Hines doesn’t think GILASH medicines are perfect, but he does believe they work well.
“There are some that work better than others, and I don’t think they’re as effective as the ones I’ve seen in other countries,” Hins says.
He suggests using GILA water in combination with other herbs that are already being used.
And if you’re using herbs from your own family or a doctor, use them with caution.
“A lot of times you don’t want to mix them up with other herbals because they might not be right for you,” he explains.
“But they are good sources of water that are used around the home.”
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