WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
The term “herb” refers to a plant used for medicinal purposes. For thousand of years plants provided the sole source of medicines, and many familiar and potent medicines of the 21st century have been derived directly or indirectly from herbs
Modern studies into efficacy of herbs and randomized controlled trials have proven that herbs can be effective medicines. Modern medical herbalism is a synthesis of ancient and modern theories and practices, and its philosophy is that health is connected to the harmony of body, mind and spirit.
We have an inherent ability to regulate the functions of the body and to heal ourselves, known as homeostasis. When this mechanism is disturbed on any level, illnesses result. Symptoms in the body represent the attempt by the organism to correct the imbalance and heal itself.
The task of the herbalist is to analyse a patient`s presenting symptoms in order to address and treat the underlying causes through counselling, the use of herbs, and food and lifestyle advices.
Herbalists use the leaves, flowers, bark, berries, roots or seeds of medicinal plants.
What does a treatment consist of?
A first consultation with an Herbalist normally lasts about an hour. During this time the Herbalist will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking. The Herbalist may then use Iridology (looking into the iris), or tongue and nail diagnosis to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client.
The treatment plan may include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise and of course the prescription of herbal remedies.
Herbal Medicine can help to support and relieve symptoms of Digestive system disorders, Constipation, Gastroesophageal reflux, Gastritis, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoids, Hypertension, Varicose veins, Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma, Influenza, Hay Fever, Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Headache, Migraine, Cystitis, Kidney stones, Reproductive system disorders, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Menopause, Uterine fibroids, Endometriosis, PCOS, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne, Skin infections, Anemia, Allergies, and more.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Medical reports from other health consultants, blood tests, urine analysis, allergy tests, x-rays, scan reports can be useful information to determine and formulate a treatment plan that addresses all areas of the person’s life. If you have any of those please take them to your appointment.