WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbal Medicine, also known as Phytotherapy, is the use of plants and whole plant products for their medicinal healing properties in the resolution of disease and maintenance of well-being. It is the oldest system of medicine known, and used extensively throughout the world. The World Health Organization recognizes and continues to act in the preservation and promotion of traditional herbal medicine because of its safety, efficacy, and affordability. With the advancement of science, we are able to identify and understand the chemical constituents and activities that contribute to plants’ healing powers, and so combining this new knowledge with ancient wisdom in their application.
WHAT IS THE HERBALIST’S PERSPECTIVE?
Qualified Medical Herbalists are highly trained in much of the same examination skills as conventional medicine practitioners, but take a more holistic approach to addressing short and long-term illness. Ultimately, the underlying cause of a problem is sought, identified, and addressed, not just the symptoms alone. Herbalists use plants and whole plant products to restore balance to the body, support immune competency, improve resistance to stress, and increase general vitality.
Herbal Medicine is safe and effective on its own, or integrated with conventional treatments. It can take a primary or supportive role in healing and well-being.
WHY HERBAL MEDICINE?
Many people seek to reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications, because of their variable and undesirable side effects. Qualified herbalists know when a condition can be helped solely with herbs and nutrition, and when treatment is best integrated with a physician’s attention. A multitude of conditions that individuals may take to their doctors can be addressed with herbal medicine, on its own or in tandem with conventional medicine.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Initial examinations are scheduled for 60-90 minutes, where a detailed case and relevant medical history are established. Laboratory reports and current medications are reviewed in order to establish a suitable approach. Recommendations will be discussed, along with relevant measures such as nutritional and lifestyle modifications. Medicines are then hand-prepared specifically for your needs. Follow-up appointments will be made to closely monitor your progress.
Medicines taken internally may include fluid extracts, water preparations from dried herbs, herb syrups/juices, and guidance with food as medicine. Recommendations for external applications may include cremes, ointments, oils, washes, compresses, gargles, etc.
Organically grown and ecologically harvested herbs are used exclusively; This reduces exposure to unnecessary, unhealthy chemicals and residues being introduced into the body.