Herbal Medicine is the treatment of illness using plant -based medicine, backed by modern scientific evidence.
Many people have some understanding of the healing properties of plants; some GPs, pharmacists and health food shop assistants may all offer some level of advice from taking echinecea to boost your immune system to taking turmeric for almost everything!
This sort of over-the-counter advice may be useful for short term ailments such as the common cold but where herbal medicine really comes into its own is for more complex, long standing and difficult conditions, frequently in tandem with conventional medical treatment. Examples of some of the types of conditions that can be treated are:
- Immune disorders
- Energy, stamina and fatigue
- Emotional health
- Hormonal health
- Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth
- Digestive problems
- Skin conditions
- Heart and circulatory problems
- Respiratory difficulties
A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a Batchelor of Science degree or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP. It is compulsory to undertake a minimum of 500 hours supervised clinical training and be able to assess the patient medically as well as holistically.