Herbal Medicine is perhaps the oldest form of medicine used by all cultures. Jars with herbal residues have been found and are carbon-dated back to Neolithic times. Today, the World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the world's population uses Herbal Medicine for part of their primary healthcare. Our modern word drug comes from the ancient word drugere, which means "dried herb".
Herbal Medicine can be defined as "the art and science of growing, collecting, preparing and utilizing herbs for healing." The profession of Herbalism laid the foundations for modern medicine, botany, pharmacy, chemistry, and perfume making.
Herbal Medicines can be taken as tinctures, powders, capsules, teas and syrups. They can be used externally as salves, lotions, oils, poultices, compresses, and in baths.
Herbalism is used to support the healthy structure and function of the body, and to promote vitality, balance, and longevity. Currently, professional Herbalists focus on the support and maintenance of health and well-being rather than fighting a disease state or blocking a symptom. We consider your symptoms to be teachers that are signaling us with an important message. Our focus is on bringing the body back to balance in an effort to support your innate healing capacity.
An Herbalist is "a person who grows, collects, or specializes in the use of herbs, especially medicinal herbs." AClinical or Medical Herbalist can further be defined as someone who uses whole plants to treat the "whole person" rather than simply treating the symptoms that the person is experiencing. Our training encompasses anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, pharmacognacy, nutrition, and counseling skills along with botany, plant identification, and herbal therapeutics.
An experienced, educated Herbalist can guide clients to herb choices specifically for their individual needs and qualities. We recommend appropriate dosages, trusted products, and offer guidance on drug-herb interactions. We can suggest the optimal form to take the herbs for your situation (tincture, capsule, powder or tea), the anticipated duration of treatment, and offer nutrition and lifestyle suggestions.
Hippocrates was an Herbalist! The herbs are well suited to his rule, "First do no harm."
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