HERBAL MEDICINE is a system of medicine which exclusively uses plants.
HERBAL MEDICINE is one of our oldest forms of healing, and combined with our scientific knowledge of the constituents of plants, they are powerful healers and restorers of the body.
HERBAL MEDICINE is still used as the primary medicine by over 75% of the world’s population.
Pollen clusters in a grave from 60,000 BC have been identified as species of plants that are in medicinal use today.
Nowadays there is also an enormous body of scientific information and research in the field of herbal medicine.
Extensive scientific documentation now exists concerning the use of herbal medicine for a wide variety of health conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, PMS, menopausal symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, memory loss, depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, poor immunity, sinus, hay fever, asthma, male infertility, female infertility, etc.
WHAT IS A HERB?
In Herbal Medicine a herb is a plant or plant part that is used to make medicine. A herb can be a leaf, a flower, a seed, a root, fruit, bark or the whole plant.
Different parts of the plant can be used to treat different parts of the body, e.g. Dandelion Root is a liver tonic, whilst Dandelion Leaf is a kidney tonic.
The scope of herbal medicine ranges from mild-acting plants such as Chamomile and Peppermint, to very potent plants, such as foxglove (from which the drug digitalis is derived).
Many herbs are weeds, e.g. Dandelion, Nettles, Chickweed, St. John’s Wort, and Milk Thistle.
Others we are familiar with are culinary herbs, e.g. dill, parsley, rosemary, basil, cinnamon and cloves.
There is a worldwide revival of interest in herbal medicines. This is partly due to an increased knowledge of the side effects of some medications, and dissatisfaction with the often impersonal nature of modern medicine.
HERBAL MEDICINE is used within a holistic philosophical framework, treating the whole person, rather than just the disease or one part of the body.