Medicine from the Heart of Nature
Herbal medicine, also known as botanical medicine or plant medicine, is an approach to healing that works with plants or plant-derived preparations. Herbal medicne can help us maintain optimal health, or help us to treat, manage or prevent various health conditions and concerns. Herbal medicine is a fundamental element of many different systems of medicine including Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, and Native American healing traditions, to name a few.
Herbal medicine is effective and extremely safe when used correctly, and when high quality herbs are worked with. Herbal medicine can interact with pharmaceutical medications, nutritional supplements, and with each other, so it is prudent to seek advice from a knowledgeable and trained professional who can prescribe herbs and customised herbal blends, according to your specific needs. Herbal medicine is both gentle and wonderfully powerful!
Herbalists and naturopaths are qualified healthcare professionals who specialise in Herbal Medicine
More About Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that approximately 80% of the world’s population rely on botanical preparations for their primary healthcare needs. Traditional use of herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific research which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant and its mechanism of action.
From the perspective of evolutionary biology it is not surprising that plants produce active constituents (known as secondary metabolites) which play a significant role in the plant’s capacity to adapt to the environment, and to help them overcome conditions of stress such as drought or predators. Because plants are a primary feature of the environment in which humans have evolved, it is also not surprising that humans are adapted, both physiologically and metabolically to efficiently obtaining nutrients and medicine from plants.
‘In some Native languages the term for plants translates to “those who take care of us”.’