Herbal Medicines

Herbal Medicines

Introduction

What is Herbal Medicine?

‘The art of herbal medicine is based on an amalgam of ancient tradition, clinical experience and modern scientific research’

– Irish Register of Herbalists

People use plants daily, like other food, for cooking, eating, and drinking.  Herbal Medicine uses the herbs to cause a change in or support processes in the body.

Throughout human history plants have been used as the basis for medical treatment. Just like we as humans have many chemicals in our bodies so too have plants. They contain phytochemicals which affect and interact with our body systems in different ways.

 

Introduction

What is Herbal Medicine?

‘The art of herbal medicine is based on an amalgam of ancient tradition, clinical experience and modern scientific research’

– Irish Register of Herbalists

People use plants daily, like other food, for cooking, eating, and drinking.  Herbal Medicine uses the herbs to cause a change in or support processes in the body.

Throughout human history plants have been used as the basis for medical treatment. Just like we as humans have many chemicals in our bodies so too have plants. They contain phytochemicals which affect and interact with our body systems in different ways.

 

THE ROLE OF A HERBALIST

What does a herbalist do?

The role of the qualified herbalist is to identify the correct combination of different chemicals for the individual’s needs. This will come from the detailed consultation and diagnostics. The qualified herbalist will be aware of and check for any interactions and contraindications to you or your medications and will prescribe for a specific duration depending on the individual requirement and health concern.

Herbs can be dispensed in many forms depending on the individual needs and preferences and on the condition presented. So, for example a skin complaint may receive a cream to apply externally and a tincture or powder to help the condition from the inside.

THE ROLE OF A HERBALIST

What does a herbalist do?

The role of the qualified herbalist is to identify the correct combination of different chemicals for the individual’s needs. This will come from the detailed consultation and diagnostics. The qualified herbalist will be aware of and check for any interactions and contraindications to you or your medications and will prescribe for a specific duration depending on the individual requirement and health concern.

Herbs can be dispensed in many forms depending on the individual needs and preferences and on the condition presented. So, for example a skin complaint may receive a cream to apply externally and a tincture or powder to help the condition from the inside.

Process

What to expect

Consultation, history, signs and symptoms,  blood pressure, Chinese pulse taking, tongue analysis, herbs, follow up appointment . Your individualised herbal prescription may contain a tincture which will have a combination of herbs for you, tea blends, powder blends or creams. These will be prescribed for a specific period under the supervision of the herbalist.

Process

What to expect

Consultation, history, signs and symptoms,  blood pressure, Chinese pulse taking, tongue analysis, herbs, follow up appointment . Your individualised herbal prescription may contain a tincture which will have a combination of herbs for you, tea blends, powder blends or creams. These will be prescribed for a specific period under the supervision of the herbalist.

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