What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is the practice of using herbs and herbal preparations to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease. A plant, plant part, extract or mixture of these is used in herbal medicine.
An Integrated Approach
Modern herbal medicine combines traditional herbal philosophy and knowledge with modern medical understanding.
Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP. However, Herbalists take a holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They are able to prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and many patients are referred to a Herbalist by their GP for treatment.
Who is suitable for using herbal medicine?
Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.