Herbal Medicine is the oldest and most universal system of medicine in the world, which has stood the test of time. The roots of Western Herbal Medicine stretch back 2400 years, to the time of Hippocrates, who was the first to formulate a system of medicine based on observation and classification. Herbal practitioners today, have the benefit of the experience and knowledge of Western, Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional herbal medicine systems, as well as all the evidence from the latest scientific and medical research.
Herbal Medicine uses whole plants, leaves, flowers, berries, bark, and roots which contain thousands of active constituents, that balance body systems and organs. They also contain minerals, vitamins and trace elements, which are essential and form a synergistic part of the way herbs work. Herbs are gentle on the body, yet can still exert powerful actions, but with few side effects. Pharmaceutical drugs are often synthesized, isolated compounds, without the
accompanying moderating supportive nutrients.
Conventional Medicine (NHS/state medicine) relies almost exclusively on drugs (pharmaceuticals ) and surgery. Often patients are unaware of the risks of the drugs. Drugs can be harsh on the body. All drugs have side effects. Sometimes the side effects are more serious than the original illness they were prescribed to treat. Surgery has its own dangers, including surgeons with poor skills, accidents, unnecessary procedures, negligence and not forgetting the ever-present risk of MRSA.
More and more people are turning to herbal medicine as the first alternative to Conventional/mainstream medicine. Choosing a professional herbalist to guide your treatment, avoids the pitfalls of self-medication. The herbalist is trained in what is contra-indicated in certain diseases, what is effective and when to refer.