What is Herbal Medicine?
People have been using Herbal Medicine since ancient times.
It is the medicinal use of plants and plant extracts applied to the skin or taken internally in the form of fresh herbs, extracts, tinctures, teas, capsules and tablets.
Many different cultures throughout the world use herbs to treat illness and to assist bodily functions.
Many healthcare professionals make use of herbal medicine including Clinical Herbalists who specialise in these remedies, Naturopathic Doctors and Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioners.
The use of herbs and spices that have medicinal properties is one of the most effective ways to benefit. They are used in its original form, not processed. For example, the extensive use of turmeric root (curcumin) in cooking in India appears to be linked to the very low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease there.
What conditions does herbal medicine help?
Herbal medicine has been used to treat or bring relief from many different medical conditions including pain, fatigue, digestive, skin, respiratory, glandular, hormonal, urinary and more.
There is a growing body of research validating the efficacy of herbal medicine. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modelled on or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).
Some herbs will interact with some prescription medications, they may amplify or reduce their effect, so it is important to advise your practitioner of anything you are taking.
It is also important to let your medical doctor and pharmacist know if you are taking any herbs.
Herbal medicine is safe for all ages when used correctly. Remember to ask your doctor if it is safe to take herbal medicine whenever you are breastfeeding.