What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is the use of herbs and plants for their therapeutic values to support health and well being. Herbs produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body. Herbal medicine has a long and respected history. Its safety and efficacy spans centuries and is a tradition that continues to be valued in all parts of the world. Many modern drugs have their roots in medicinal plants, e.g. aspirin is derived from the salicylic acid in white willow bark.
Traditionally herbalists work with the plants in their whole form using all their active constituents. The plants are made into various forms including teas, tinctures, tablets, creams, powders, ointments, syrups, poultices dependent on each individual situation. Herbal medicine is an holistic medicine in that it considers all aspects of an individual’s being. Traditional practice of herbal medicine provides support for the body in its efforts to restore and maintain good health. The emphasis on helping the body help itself is best achieved by the individualised preparations that the herbalist makes for each of their patients. A unique preparation for a unique individual.
Herbal medicine is suitable for everyone and can be used successfully to prevent illness and support health from babies throughout life to those in their later years.