What is Herbal Medicine?

What is Herbal Medicine?

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Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is medicine made exclusively from plants to safely assist the body in healing various disease conditions.

There are many different “types” of herbal medicine that spring from different cultures around the world. At Living Balance I use Western Herbal Medicine which is based on European herbal traditions and Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine which is from India.

Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Many modern pharmaceutical drugs have been modelled on, or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication digoxin which is derived from the plant foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).

Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects. Herbs act to nourish and support the body’s organs, restore and strengthen damaged tissue as well as detoxify and eliminate waste.

Conditions which are commonly treated with herbal medicine include skin disorders, hormonal problems, digestive imbalance, infections, as well as nervous system issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.

At Living Balance Wellness Centre you may receive a liquid herbal tincture which is designed specifically for you and prepared while you wait. If you would prefer not to take a liquid herbal you have the option of taking herbs in tablet form.

Although herbs are generally very safe to use, and side effects are rare, there are a few exceptions for use in certain disease conditions and they can have moderate interactions with some pharmaceutical drugs.  Therefore it is important to have a consultation with a highly trained practitioner and only take herbal medicine that has been prescribed by them for you. If your circumstances change, such as being prescribed a new medication by your GP, it is important to check with your herbal practitioner whether it is still okay to continue with your herbal tincture.