Herbal therapy

Herbal medicines are plant-based remedies, and have been in use since early civilization in many different forms. Today, they are commonly available as tablets, tinctures, powders, teas, food supplements and extracts. Herbalists believe that the delicate chemical make-up of each plant – or herb -based product contains certain healing properties. Unlike conventional medicine, however, no attempt is made to isolate and extract such elements. Instead, the belief is that the entire plant or herb should be used in order to preserve the healing properties. It’s worth noting that some conventional medicines are derived from herbalism, such as aspirin (from willow bark) and morphine (from poppies).

 

Some herbal medicines have been tested, with proven results. For example, St John’s wort is recognized in the treatment of mild depression, garlic is known to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and ginger is often used to relieve feelings of nausea. Other popular herbal remedies include Echinacea to help ease cold symptoms and peppermint oil in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. People with allergies, sleep disorders and skin conditions also commonly turn to herbalism for treatment. Like any medicine, however, herbal products have the potential to produce unwanted reactions, and should be used with care under the guidance of an herbalist. If in doubt, consult your doctor (GP). We specialize in treating muscular skeletal diseases such as Arthritis and weight loss herbal therapies.

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