Herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plants to treat disease, and to restore and maintain health. With the combination of thousands of years of documented use and modern research, we are able to understand how and why plants are effective and use them with knowledge and skill. When used correctly, plant medicines are an extremely safe way to treat ill health.
Today a quarter of doctors prescriptions are still for medications based on traditional plants; for example, digitalis from foxglove for heart disease, morphine from the opium poppy and aspirin from meadowsweet, both pain relievers. However, using a synthetic pharmaceutical version of a plant can sometimes have unpleasant side effects. Herbal treatments using the whole fresh plant have many advantages. Examples are St John’s Wort as an anti depressant and Devils Claw for arthritis – both safe, successful and gentle on the body.
Herbal medicine is appropriate for most conditions for which you would consult your GP. Conditions treated may include: digestive problems; hormonal imbalances; stress, anxiety and depression; coughs, colds and low immunity; allergies; skin conditions; joint pains; headaches and migraines; heart and circulatory problems; urinary disorders; blood sugar imbalances and mother and baby care.