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What is Herbal Medicine

What is Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is simple, safe and an effective naturopathic tradition of using plants for medicinal purposes. Modern herbal medicine is based on a variety of healing traditions going back thousands of years, including ancient Greek medicine, Indian Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and many others. Herbs are currently used by 80 per cent of people worldwide for primary healthcare to address a wide array of concerns, including:

• Digestion (IBS, reflux, SIBO, dysbiosis, leaky gut etc)

• Fertility, postpartum and hormonal health (PMS, PCOS, menopause, infertility, miscarriage, irregular periods, thyroid disorders, diabetes etc)

• Immune system and allergies (hay fever, UTIs, frequent infections, post viral complications, autoimmune conditions etc)

• Fatigue, energy and stamina (chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, insomnia)

• Joints and bones (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia)

• Heart and circulation (high/low blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, varicose veins, Raynaud’s etc)

• Skin and hair (eczema, acne, psoriasis, alopecia)

• Nutrition and nourishment (nutrient deficiencies, excess toxicity)

• Mental and Emotional health (anxiety, SAD, depression)

Plants absorb vital nutrients from the soil in order to survive and thrive and this is what they do to our bodies. Their phytochemicals are recognised by our body as food, which makes them easily absorbed and therefore effective with low risk of side effects. They can also be used alongside conventional medicine under supervision of your practitioner.

Herbalists use active ingredients of leaves, flowers, bark, berries, roots or seeds of medicinal plants as their therapeutic tools. Formulations usually take form of powders, decoctions, creams, macerated oils, alcohol extracts and glycerine-based syrups suitable for children, and most contain several ingredients, all carefully tailored to individual needs.

Once you start to use plants as medicine and feel their regenerative power, you will begin to live your life with long-lasting energy, balance and vitality, as well as much needed natural protection against pathogens.