Herbal Medicine

For thousands of years, medicinal plants have been used to maintain health and wellbeing. Plants contain hundreds, if not thousands, of different constituents that interact in complex ways. It is the ‘synergy’ and combination of these active constituents that produce the therapeutic effect of the remedy as a whole.

An herb is a plant, or part of a plant, used to make medicine. The parts used may include the leaf, flower, seed, root, fruit, bark or the whole plant. Different parts of the plant have a variety of actions and degree of potency and are used to treat different parts of the body. For instance, Dandelion Root is a liver tonic, whereas Dandelion leaf is a kidney tonic.

Some herbs are mild acting, such as Chamomile and Peppermint, and some herbs are stronger acting, therefore it requires a qualified herbalist to be able to prescribe them in their correct dosage. Moreover, a qualified herbalist will be aware of any contra indications of the herbs used.

Each herb mix will be specific for each patient and will target the underlying cause and symptoms of a health problem and individual needs. Together with diet and lifestyle changes, herbs allow the body’s self-regenerating powers to establish good health.