Herbal Medicine

Herbalism is the use of plants, and remedies derived from plants, to help the body function more efficiently. In doing so, it assists in fighting diseases, redressing imbalances and restoring the body's own equilibrium.

Herbal medicine has been used since man first evolved as a method of restoring health. It is still the main form of medicine used by 80% of the world's population.

Herbal medicine today benefits form the combination of accumulated traditional wisdom and modern scientific research.
Herbs are composed of complex constituents that work together in synergy, balancing and complementing one another. The use of the whole plant will often have a greater effect than any isolated constituent.

Every herb has known actions and qualities with affinities to one or more body systems or organs. Herbs may be used singly, e.g. Nettle, or commonly as a formula to produce a balanced and powerful effect. Herbalists are trained to know the qualities of herbs and prescribe the herbs according the client’s individual requirements, including taking into account any pharmaceutical drugs which are being taken in tandem with the herbs.

In taking a full case history, questions will be asked about current and previous health, lifestyle, diet, and family history. This allows a broad picture of the client’s health to be gained and a personalised health programme to be developed with herbal medicines, dietary and lifestyle advice, naturopathic therapies, and detoxification as necessary.

Herbs may be taken in many forms, such as infusions (herbal teas) or alcohol-based herbal tinctures, or they may be applied externally as ointments or poultices.

Herbal medicine can be used to support the body with healing for the following conditions:

allergic reactions, including hayfever
sinus congestion
skin complaints such as eczema
migraine and headaches
circulatory disorders
digestive disorders
fungal and parasitic conditions
gynaecological imbalances such as premenstrual tension or painful periods
menopausal conditions
a range of stress-related conditions including insomnia and chronic fatigue
and many, many more.

Herbal medicine can treat people of any age, including the very young and very old. It can treat both acute and chronic conditions.


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