Herbal medicine is one of the oldest and most widely used systems of medicine in the world; it is medicine made from plants in the form of herbal teas, capsules, tablets, creams, infusions, extracts and poultices.
Herbal medicines are increasingly being validated by scientific research and some modern medicines prescribed by your doctor are actually derived from chemicals found in plants.
As a naturopath I most commonly prescribe herbal medicines in the form of liquid tinctures (extracts), dried teas or tablet combinations.
The benefit of herbal tinctures is that you can make an individualised combination of x3-4 different herbs, targeting several health issues in each bottle; perhaps addressing high stress levels, sleep difficulties, digestive complaints, skin problems and PMS symptoms all in one herb mix.
Herbal medicines can be used to support many conditions; the aim is to treat the underlying contributors to your health complaints. You can find out more about herbal medicine here.
People taking herbal tinctures tend to notice positive effects quicker than those who are taking a tablet equivalent. Herb mixes are readily absorbed by the body; perfect for those with digestive issues or people who struggle to take a regimen of supplements.
The quality of the herbal medicines you take is very important and I wouldn’t recommend buying a herbal medicine product off the shelves at the chemist or supermarket. It is important to consult with a trained herbalist or naturopath, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, to ensure that the herbal medicines you are taking won’t interact with any other medications or supplements that have been prescribed.
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