What is Herbal Medicine?Tincture 1

Herbal medicine is the one of the oldest forms of treatment known to man, and there is evidence of plants being used medicinally dating back thousands of years. In ancient cultures, herbal medicines were at the centre of all treatments, and they remained the main source of medicine until the advent of modern pharmaceutical drugs. Natural herbs are used for a wide variety of complaints, cleansing, revitalising and supporting the body’s natural defence systems.

 

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What can I expect from a consultation?

The practitioner will ask about your current state of health and the reasons for your visit, and whether you are taking any other medications. A detailed assessment of your general health will then be taken, as this will enable the practitioner to create the right combination of herbal medicines for you. You will also be given advice about possible changes to your lifestyle and diet. Your remedy may be made up of several different herbs, as it will be adapted by the practitioner to suit your needs. Remedies can be prescribed in many forms, such as syrups, oils, capsules or creams as well as infusions, teas, tinctures (alcoholic plant extracts) or juices.

The herbalists at the Natural Health Clinic source their herbs from approved, reputable suppliers and do not use any animal products. They are members of their respective professional bodies.

 

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Interesting facts

1. The word ‘drug’ comes from the Dutch word ‘droog’ which means ‘dried plant’.
2. The first medical schools were based on the use of plants and herbs
3. The oldest herb in history may be ginkgo biloba, found in fossils from the Paleozoic era which are millions of years old.