Western Herbal Medicine

 


 

 

Herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plants to maintain good health.

 Herbal medicine works by supporting the body's natural defence mechanisms in a gentle, well-tolerated way, restoring and maintaining a healthy balance within the body systems and providing long-term relief from both physical and mental disorders. 

For most of the world's population, plant medicine is still mainstream medicine and many people in the developed world are looking again at ways in which plant medicine can offer them a naturally healthy life. Western herbal medicine has a different theory and principles of practice to Chinese or Ayurvedic herbal treatment and shares its origins with those of modern orthodox medicine.

Herbalism is concerned with the response of the body to disease and the previous condition of the body when the problem began, rather than targeting effects on the disease itself. The holistic approach of herbal medicine includes reviewing diet, exercise and stress factors. This practice together with the ability of herbs to restore, protect and strengthen tissues, often brings considerable improvement for patients with chronic and painful conditions.

 Patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, can find benefit from herbal medicine.

Most conditions may be improved with herbs except cancer where orthodox medical treatment is recommended. Herbs can be helpful, however, in alleviating side effects and for after treatment of cancer.                                                          

Conditions commonly seen by a herbalist include digestive problems, skin complaints, hormonal imbalances, respiratory conditions, stress and sleep issues.

The same disease does not affect all patients in exactly the same way therefore Western herbal medicine involves individual prescriptions prepared by a knowledgeable and skilled practitioner. After a full consultation with the patient the herbalist is able to select the most suitable herbs for that person who is often suffering from more than one problem at a time. Use of the whole herb rather than what is seen as the main active constituent is important to retain natural balances, helping to avoid side effects.

 

 

 

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