Herbal Medicine / Therapy
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be eaten or applied to the skin. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions.
Herbal medicine blurs the line between foods and medicines - a line that, in many cultures, was never drawn in the first place. Using herbs and spices that have disease-preventive effect in foods is one of the best ways to take advantage of their healing power.
What conditions is herbal medicine used for?
Herbal medicine has been used to treat or alleviate virtually every possible medical condition.
What to expect on your first visit?
During your first consultation the provider will build up a picture of you and your health by:
Taking your full case history
Asking about your family’s medical history
Discussing your diet and lifestyle
Finding out about any medication or supplements you use
This allows the provider to assess the underlying causes of your illness and formulate a mixture of herbs tailored to your individual needs. It may also be necessary to take your blood pressure or arrange for other tests to be done.
Your individual treatment plan will include herbal remedies and, where appropriate, dietary changes or nutritional supplements. Most herbal medicines are in the form of tea, tablets, ointment, cream or lotion.