Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine known, and the most widely practised in the world today. It offers a complementary or alternative treatment to conventional medicine.
Medicinal plants have been used to treat illness for thousand of years, with as much as 80% of the world’s population currently relying upon treatment with plant-based medicines.
In a modern context, Herbal Medicine combines orthodox medical knowledge with traditional and scientific understanding of medicinal plants.
Qualified herbalists are trained to know about any potential herb/drug interactions and can advice on the safety of taking herbal medicines alongside your conventional medication.
They also know when a condition is best seen by a doctor or another practitioner.
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Medical herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors but take a more holistic approach to illness.
They use remedies made from whole plant extracts, and are trained to identify and treat the underlying cause of a problem, helping the body to correct imbalances and heal itself.
Herbal Medicine offers a safe, gentle and supportive approach, which allows the body to regain its equilibrium. The approach is not to treat symptoms, but to treat people.