ARE YOU LIVING WITH VITALITY?
Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Good health goes far beyond test results or even the absence of disease. I believe good health means living with vibrancy, feeling energetic and passionate about living and being able to keep a calm and open mind. The journey towards good health is constant and always evolving, with highs and lows along the way, but inevitably it leads to the creation of a fun, meaningful and joyful life.
What is herbal medicine and how does it work?
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used form of medicine practiced today. Western herbal medicine practitioners draw from ancient knowledge paired with the latest scientific research to create herbal formulas to help support and improve all systems in the body. Herbalism aims to stimulate a return to health by strengthening the body’s organ systems. It is a holistic form of medicine which aims to not only address symptoms but also address the underlying causes of a condition or disease.
Most people understand that biologically active compounds found in plants have been extracted and synthesised to create many common pharmaceutical drugs used today- think aspirin, quinine, morphine. Perhaps less known however is that these active compounds can function effectively and often more safely (i.e. without side effects) when taken in their more natural form, as prescribed by an herbalist.
There are many different types of herbal medicine that spring from different cultures around the globe. While they all use botanical plant medicines to treat their clients, they vary in the plants they use and how they prepare them. Western Herbal Medicine emphasises the use of European and Native American herbs, however herbs from other parts of the world are often used as well. Western herbalists generally prescribe herbs for the ingredients, or constituents, they contain and for their known physiological effects.