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Before the advent of modern medical science, most civilizations around the globe relied on herbal medicine to cure both mild and serious illnesses. Today, more and more people are turning to herbal medicine looking for relief from various conditions ranging from depression to allergies. Herbal medical practitioners focus on treating the underlying conditions of each patient rather than merely addressing the symptoms.
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medical practitioners use different parts of plants in varying combinations. They rely on thousands of years of experience passed down from previous generations and some clinical data backed by trials. Different parts of each plant can have varying uses. Depending on your condition, your herbalist will give you various infusions to drink or use compresses on the affected area. Some use herbal baths, oil and steam inhalation to cure illnesses. Generally, there are no side effects of herbal medical treatment. After all, it is a gentle science that works with the body to heal.
Types of conditions that answer to herbal medicine
Herbal medicine can help you find relief from a large number of illnesses. But here are some of the common ailments that herbalists effectively treat.
- Digestive problems
- Joint and bone conditions
- Hormonal imbalance
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Migraine and some neurological issues
- Respiratory issues
When you first go for a consultation, your medical herbalist will ask you a lot of questions about your medical history, diet, and lifestyle. This will help him or her to get an in-depth understanding of your overall health. You should ideally reveal your entire medical history. He or she may also take your blood pressure and get some lab tests done.
Once the practitioner determines the root causes of your illness, he or she will design a treatment plan. Your tailor-made treatment plan will combine herbal remedies, physical care, and dietary changes.
Herbal medicine is usually given in the form of a liquid solution. But you may also get a prescription for certain lotions, oils and herbal tablets.
Follow up consultations
You will need to visit your herbal medicine practitioner’s office a few more times to assess progress. Afterwards, you would most probably have to go for checkups once in 3 or 6 months.
Herbal medicine takes longer to even start working in comparison to orthodox medicine. This is because herbal medicine works in a gentler and more subtle manner. The effects of herbal medicine however last long. You should begin to feel healed and invigorated after you complete your treatment.
Sue Burletson is a qualified Naturopath, Herbalist, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. Sue has always had a keen interest in Natural therapies and has been drawn to helping people heal since she was a child. Involved in Natural therapies for over 17 years, starting with Reiki and Massage her desire to build on this lead her to the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine (AIHM)