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.
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.
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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