Herbal medicines have been used for thousands of years to treat ailments. The first written accounts of the use of herbs originate in China. Western herbal medicine dates back to ancient Greece and its famous doctors like Hippocrates and Galen.
An herb is a plant, or part of a plant, used to make medicine. The parts used may include the leaf, flower, seed, root, fruit, bark or the whole plant. Different parts of the plant have a variety of actions and degree of potency and are used to treat different parts of the body. For instance, Dandelion Root is a liver tonic, whereas Dandelion leaf is a kidney tonic.
There are many varieties of herbs, some support the adrenals, the liver, the kidneys, elimination channels, hormonal balancing, cardiovascular health, digestive tract, pancreas, infections, insomnia, mood, allergies, among many other conditions.
Some herbs are mild acting, such as Chamomile and Peppermint, and some herbs are stronger acting, therefore it requires a qualified herbalist to be able to prescribe them in their correct dosage. Moreover, a qualified herbalist will be aware of any contra indications of the herbs used.
Herbal medicine is designed to be gentle, stimulating our bodies to return to health by strengthening the body’s systems in order to allow any disease/disorder to be restored back to health. The prudent use of herbs as a form of restorative and preventative medicine can be beneficial to most people.
Each herbal mix is tailor made to suit each individual person, and will target the underlying cause and symptoms of a health issue and the individual needs. Together with diet and lifestyle changes, herbs allow the body’s self regenerating powers to establish good health.
Ways in which herbs can be used:
- Herbs generally cost less than modern medicine.
- Each herb can be often be used for multiple conditions
- Herbs work synergistically with other herbs in order to benefit the person
- Generally there are fewer side effects when using herbs.
- Herbs can be used in a variety of ways: ingested directly, added to food, made into tea, rubbed on the skin or inserted into the body.
How Safe is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is very safe when prescribed by a fully qualified herbalist. Herbalists are trained to know of any possible herb/drug interactions.
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