Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.
However, Herbalists take a holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They are able to prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatment.
Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.
What does it treat?
Herbs can be used in the management of acute and long term health problems, and work on many levels to strengthen and re-balance the body and can also be used to work alongside orthodox medication. Herbal medicine is effective for a range of conditions including:
- Stress, anxiety, exhaustion, depression and sleep problems
- PMT, menopausal and menstrual problems
- Prostate problems and cystitis
- Bloating, indigestion and IBS
- Bronchitis, catarrh and coughs
- Low immunity and recurrent infections
- Arthritis and join pain, rashes and skin problems
- High blood pressure and poor circulation
- Headaches and migraine