Herbal medicine, also call botanical medicine or phytomedicine, is the use of plants (herbs) to treat disease and enhance wellbeing.
As herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs, herbal medicines should only be administered by a qualified Naturopath or Herbalist.
Herbal medicine can be used to treat a range of disorders including skin problems, stress, anxiety and depression, insomnia and fatigue, hormonal imbalances, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, heart and circulatory problems, allergic responses, respiratory conditions, digestive complaints and so much more.
How do herbal medicines work?
Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring chemicals that have some type of biological activity, with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects. In that sense, herbs work in a similar fashion to many pharmaceutical preparations. Even today, some pharmaceutical medicines are still obtained from plants.
Due to the powerful way that some herbs work in the body, if used incorrectly, they can cause serious adverse effects, and they can affect how your body responds to prescription and over-the-counter medicines. For example, St John’s Wort can interfere with birth control pills, and high doses of gingko biloba can increase your risk of bleeding when taken with blood-thinning medicines. It is for these reasons that you should always consult a fully trained Naturopath or Herbalist before using any herbal remedies.
Having extensive herbal medicine training, I know how to mix remedies for specific conditions and symptoms, what dose should be given, and for how long. I will also base any prescription on an extensive case history with the aim of treating you as a whole in order to best stimulate the body’s own innate healing abilities.
How are herbal medicines used?
Herbal medicines come in a number of different forms including teas, oils, liquid extracts, powders, capsules and tablets. Through in depth discussions, I will be able to determine which form of herbal medicine is best suited to you at each stage of your healing journey.
When professionally prescribed, herbal medicines are safe, effective and supportive to your health care needs.