What is herbal medicine?

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Herbal medicine is the use of plants to treat ill health on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. It is the oldest form of medicine, and is still used by traditional cultures all over the world. Today there is a growing body of scientific research that supports and builds on this traditional knowledge base. In fact most pharmaceutical drugs are either extracted directly from plants or synthetically formulated based on plant compounds.

 

Why choose herbal medicine?

Plants and animals have co-evolved for millions of years and our biochemistry is hardwired to depend on plants for survival. Increasingly an awareness of the complexity of our body is becoming apparent. Our body is actually better able to assimilate and safely work with complex chemical mixtures than with single compounds. It is really only in the last century that humans have intensively moved away from whole medicines in support of single chemicals. A herbal approach is a return to the knowledge that our bodies come from the earth and require the gifts of the earth for health and wellbeing.

 

What can herbal medicine treat?

Herbal medicine is safe for children and adults of all ages. Treatment and support can be provided for many conditions including but not limited to:

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Mind

  • Stress management
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Insomnia, sleep disturbance
  • Headaches, migraines

Skin

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne

Gut

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Indigestion
  • Acid reflux
  • Constipation

Cardiovascular

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous ulcers

Respiratory Tract

  • Chronic coughs
  • Asthma
  • Hay fever/ allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis

Musculoskeletal

  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder

Urinary Tract

  • Cystitis (bladder infections)

Gynecological

  • PMS, heavy/absent periods, painful period, mood changes
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility

Male Sexual Organs

  • Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Erectile dysfunction

General (affects whole body)

  • Common cold & flu
  • Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Autoimmune disease (systemic lupus erythematosus, hypo/hyperthyoid etc.)
  • Cancer (supporting patient not treating cancer)