What is Herbal Medicine?
Traditional Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine. Herbal medicines are plant-based medicines, made from the various parts of a plant e.g. roots, leaves, flowers. Each part can have different medicinal uses. Both fresh and dried plant matter are used, depending on the herb.
The main aims of Herbal Medicine are to:
- Provide a safe, gentle and natural way to heal
- Treat the underlying cause of disease rather just the symptom
- Treat people of any age. Children and older people respond well to the gentle action of plant based medicine
Examples of herbal preparations:
- Infusions: dried or fresh herbs, steeped in boiling water
- Syrups: herbs incorporated into a thick, sweet liquid
- Tinctures: liquid extract made by soaking herbs in alcohol to extract the active ingredients from the herbs. Non-alcoholic alternatives to this process are also available
- Oil-based preparations, creams and ointments
- Powders: in loose form or capsules, taken internally or applied externally.
- Bath and skin washes
- Dental hygiene products
- Pessaries and suppositories
Many people turn to complementary medicine when conventional treatment has been ineffective or has caused unwanted side-effects. Others do so because they want a gentler, more holistic form of treatment.
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