Many generations ago, Herbalism was widely used as the only form of treatment against disease. Now, after years of antibiotics and side effects from prescriptive drugs, Herbal Medicine is stronger than ever.
Although it is classed as a complementary medicine in the UK, it’s actually the most widely practiced form of medicine across the world – 80 percent of the world’s population are dependent on herbs for their health. It is used to assist the body in its own instinctive attempts at self healing.
Non-suppressive medicines will help strengthen immune reserves and assist in overcoming disease. Plant Medicines bring to the body a force which stimulates the energy production system. They also de-toxify, combat infection, cleanse the blood, stimulate the kidneys, empty the bowel and eliminate waste. Many well established medicines originally come from plants.
For example, the painkiller morphine comes from poppies, aspirin comes from the bark of willow trees and digoxin (a drug used to treat heart failure) comes from foxgloves.
Traditional Herbal Medicine makes a diagnosis based on factors that are no longer used by conventional medicine. You will be prescribed a herbal mixture that is individual to you and based on your characteristics. Therefore, 10 different people with depression, for example, would each receive a different mixture (typically made up of six to 10 different herbs).
Many conventional medicines originate from a single active ingredient of a plant. Scientists can isolate this and produce it on a large scale in a laboratory. This is the opposite of herbal medicines which may contain dozens of different ingredients.
Herbalists believe that all the elements are in balance within a plant and so it’s important to keep them together. The different components are made more or less powerful depending on the others that are present. What problems do herbal medicines help?
- St John’s Wort has been found to be effective for the treatment of mild to moderate depression.
- Black Cohosh may be helpful in treating menopausal symptoms.
- Echinacea may be used to treat colds and other respiratory (breathing) infections. ø
- Garlic may reduce blood cholesterol levels and could potentially lower your risk of heart disease.
- Saw palmetto is useful if you have an enlarged but benign prostate gland.
- An extract of hawthorn berries may be able to treat mild heart failure.
- Ginger may relieve nausea and vomiting.
- Ginkgo biloba is thought to improve mental performance if you have Alzheimer’s disease.
- Horse chestnut seed extract has been studied as a treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.
To make an appointment for a Herbal Consultation please ring us on 01625 54 9000. Alternatively, Natural Practices can make up a Herbal Remedy specifically for you – please e-mail and we will send a questionnaire to establish which Remedy will be most beneficial to you.
From March 2011 due to new legislation, we are not allowed to make claims for treatments that has not been scientifically proven. Most complementary therapies cannot be proven despite having been found to be very effective. All the information you find on our website has not been qualified by Scientific Research and any treatment you undertake will be at your discretion. We believe in our treatments and we have an impressive number of clients who believe in them too.