Herbal Medicine

Herbal preparations come in many forms, including raw herbs, teas, tinctures, extracts, capsules, tablets, lozenges, washes, liniments and ointments.

Complaints commonly treated with Herbal Medicine include:

  • General – chronic fatigue syndrome, quitting smoking, weight loss, lethargy, chemotherapy support.
  • Gynaecological – heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, amenorrhea, infertility, IVF support, Pregnancy and post natal support
  • Musculoskeletal– back pain, sciatic pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and whiplash.
  • Neurological – Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, migraine, pain, paralysis, shingles.
  • Respiratory – Asthma, bronchitis, common cold, hay fever.
  • Vascular – haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, varicose veins. 
  • Digestive – colitis, constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, ulcer, IBS.
  • Emotional – anxiety, depression, stress management. 

Herbal medicine uses medicinal plants to facilitate healing and has been used to heal for thousands of years. 

Every culture throughout the world has at some point used plants as part of their medicine. 

In tribes, it would be the healer or medicine man/woman who would have this medicinal knowledge, and this knowledge would be passed down from generation to generation. 

Traditional medicines such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine have texts thousands of years old outlining the use of herbs, and many of these herbs are still used today. 

The ancient Egyptians used this knowledge, too, with hieroglyphs showing physicians treating constipation with Senna pods and using caraway and peppermint to relieve digestive upsets, as well as Linseed oil, is used to embalm in the mummification process.

Western Herbal Medicine is very eclectic these days, with medicinal herbs from all over the world being used.

 Turmeric is an excellent example of an Ayurvedic herb now accepted worldwide for its healing powers.

Herbal medicines are parts of plants or plant products that help the body symptomatically as well as helping to heal the underlying cause.

Most plants contain a range of substances that work synergistically, thus making the whole remedy complete and effective. Example – Meadowsweet (from which aspirin was developed) provides pain relief but also protects the mucous membranes of the digestive system.

Herbal remedies do not tend to have the aggressive action nor the side effects of some modern drugs, but that does not mean they are all safe, there are still contraindications to be considered, and some herbs can be toxic in large quantities. 

There is a wealth of information available on the internet about the uses of herbal preparations; however, the safest option is to seek the professional advice of a practitioner so that the ideal herbs can be prescribed to suit the client and contraindications are taken into consideration.

An initial consultation usually takes about an hour and a half, and similar to other complementary modalities, a detailed medical, diet, social and environmental history is obtained from the client.

 The patients presenting complaint or symptoms are essential as they are the first problems to be addressed along with the underlying cause. As with all holistic health care, the person is treated rather than the disease.

Always first seek the guidance of your doctor ( GP) or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.