Easing into Herbal Medicine

There are some plants that can been found growing in our backyards or on our farms and in our gardens that we ignore or consider to be weeds, not realizing what benefits they could bring to our health.

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It may surprise you to learn that many common drugs we use today were derived from plant-based sources. For example, scientists originally derived aspirin from willow bark; herbalists prescribe white willow for headaches and pain control.

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Herbal medicine is a system of treatment in which various parts – leaves, barks, roots, seeds, fruit, and resin – of different plants are used in order to treat symptoms and promote good health.

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There are numerous advantages of herbal medicine.

  • Most herbal medicines are well tolerated. Herbs typically have few side effects, and may be safe to use over a long period of time.
  • Herbal medicines are very effective for long-standing health complaints, but it is recommended that you always get professional advice from a fully qualified Herbalist before you try self prescribing.
  • Yet another advantage of herbal medicines is their availability. You can grow some simple herbs, such as peppermint and coriander to promote healthy digestion, chamomile to help you sleep and garlic to ward off colds in your garden at home!
  • Many herbs have nutritional value, for example – stinging nettle is high in iron, calcium, and vitamin A. Parsley is highly alkalizing as well as being a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

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The brilliance of herbs is in the specificity. A well-trained herbalist can combine individual herbs together to suit particular health needs in a safe and effective way.

Herbalists do not diagnose medical conditions. 

A herbalist looks at the underlying systems and seeks to reinforce these through providing supportive herbs that have been traditionally known to be nurturing to the body’s health. 

 From the perspective of a holistic practitioner, herbs are peak nutrition, and really, all the herbalist seeks to do is provide specific nutrition that allows the body to take what it needs for its full healthy functioning and thereby allowing the body to do its own handy work of healing.

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