Western Herbal Medicine
“It’s more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”
Hippocrates (c.460 – c.370 BCE)
What is Western herbal medicine?
The use of plants as medicine is an ancient and universal practice finding increasing relevance today as we move towards more sustainable ways of living. Western herbal medicine draws on a long tradition of harnessing the inherent therapeutic properties of natural and sustainable plant-based medicines, providing safe and effective treatment for a wide range of health problems.
Herbal medicines are widely regarded to be gentle in their action, well tolerated and rarely exhibit side-effects. They can usually be combined with orthodox medications and any potential interactions will be carefully considered during your herbal medicine consultation.
The effectiveness of medicinal plants lies in their complexity as living organisms and their ability influence the innate self-healing mechanisms we all possess. Herbs are becoming indispensable for treating the increasingly complex chronic health problems we are experiencing today and can provide lasting benefits to our physical and emotional health and wellness.
Commonly seen conditions in herbal practice include: Chronic illness, including post-viral syndromes. Joint pain, allergies and skin disorders. Digestive conditions such as IBS along with numerous respiratory and circulatory conditions. Endocrine disorders and conditions affecting women’s and men’s health. Issues affecting emotional health such as anxiety, stress and insomnia.