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What is Herbal Medicine?

Civilisations have relied upon herbal medicine and other natural resources to treat illnesses and lessen symptoms for thousands of years. Herbal Medicine or phytotherapy is the science of applying herb remedies to help with different ailments. The knowledge and the use of medicinal plants has been recorded from antiquity, and prehistoric (80,000BC) times. Hippocrates of Kos (460-370BC), Galen (AD130), Dioscorides, Paracelsus, Culpepper, are recognised figures in the history of medicine. They were working along with natural therapeutics, food and plants to treat physical illness and spirit. Early 19th century, the use and knowledge of plant medicine changed with the discovery of the isolation of the first chemical compounds from poppy (1806), ipecacuanha (1817), strychnos (1817), quinine (1820), pomegranate (1878). This was the starting point for the growth and development of the pharmaceutical drugs that we found nowadays at the pharmacies. In Traditional Herbal Medicine, the mixture of the active compounds and other components produces a synergy that the result is gentle yet powerful with not side effects and contraindications in long term, compared to the action of a single active ingredient. The matrix of elements contained in the whole plant is of high complexity. The analytical experiments haven’t been able to understand the mechanics of how different ingredients actions works in the body. In present days, contemporary science has acknowledged the active action of plant medicines, and Pharmacopoeias (which are books describing standers for preparation, identification, contraindications and safety) proscribe plant medicine as real medicine value. For instance, ginger is known for its preventive action in motion sickness (antiemetic), studies has shown (Ryan, 2010) that the fresh root is more effective than the pharmaceutical compound called dimenhydrinate (Dramamine).

Benefits of Herbal treatment

  • Botanical formulas are bioavailable in the human body without diminishing their therapeutic potency. They also are gut-friendly medicines.

  • There is not additional side effects in herbal treatments and the period of time for treatment is limited, with periods of rest for long term ailments.

  • It helps the client to manage their conditions and provide education to have a preventative perspective to health avoiding future imbalances or sickness.

  • The proposed protocol will be focused on the underlying causes, helping the client to increase body sensitivity and bring awareness to the root cause of suffering or pain. Then, self-healing is triggered by readjusting any imbalances.

  • The client will feel empowered as they will have a deeper understanding of their body/mind/spirit and how to manage health.

  • Herbs works in alignment with the body instead of suppression of symptoms and eventually illness may shift leading the individual to an enhance of overall health, increase in intuition and creativity, and an increase ability to discriminate patterns of behaviour you didn’t notice before.

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