What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbalism or what some call herbology or herbal medicine can be described as working with herbs to assist a person to move toward or maintain optimal health.

Plants have been the foundation of medical treatments since the beginning of our human history.

Here in Ireland we have a long tradition of herbal medicine, one I’m inspired and enthusiastic to continue and grow as I continue to grow and evolve in my knowledge.

Modern medicine sees herbalism as a form of alternative medicine, but the human family has practiced herbalism in Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and folk medicine for thousands of years.

Modern medicine makes use of many compounds derived form plants as the base of pharmaceutical drugs.

Phytochemistry and phytotherapy apply modern standards to testing herbs and medicines that come from natural sources.

Of course herbal medicine is not simply plants. For example herbalism can can also include minerals, bee products and shells.

What is a Herbal Product?

There are many different types of herbal products. Some examples:

  • capsules
  • tablets
  • teas
  • powders
  • extracts

Basically a herbal product is a medicine that comes from plants.

They can be used for therapeutic purposes or as supplements to enhance your well being and health.

What is a Herbalist?

A herbalist is someone who works with herbs to assist people with moving towards or maintaining optimal health.

Herbalists adopt a holistic approach to illness.

They address the cause of disease, not just the symptoms.

Depending on the country, a herbalist has to have studied allopathic (modern or orthodox medicine), in addition to the medicine of plants.

What does a Herbalist Do?

A herbalist helps balance imbalances with herbs, along with adapting diet and lifestyle habits.

Some of the many common things herbalists address are:

  • digestive and sinus troubles
  • infections such as cystitis
  • fatigue
  • unusual periods
  • sleep problems

How Does Herbal Medicine Work?

As I said above, herbalists try to discover the underlying cause of a disease rather than just treating particular symptoms.

Herbal tonics and tinctures can help our bodies to heal by bringing back balance and reinvigorating our body’s vital force.

Tonics, tinctures, teas and all the other tools of a herbalist are taken together, synergistically.

Synergy is the foundation of herbal medicine which brings back the vital force of our bodies.

Simply put, herbalists’ remedies are taken from roots, leaves and  flowers of plants, and these can often have thousands of compounds that work together.

How Does a Session Work?

Not by email.

I cannot answer questions about any illnesses by email, just as you wouldn’t want an electrician or plumber to help you by email.

We have to meet.

So, please contact me to find out more.

Alternatively, if you are not in Ireland you should try some of these wonderful organizations:

Americans

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

Or the American Herbalists Guild (AHG)

Canadians

Canadian Naturopathic Association (CAND)
Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA)

English

National Institute of Herbal Medicine (NIMH)

Australians

National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)

New Zealanders

New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH)

If these aren’t helpful then your best bet is to

  • head to the bulletin boards of health food stores,
  • organic stores,
  • vegetarian restaurants or
  • simply ask your doctor about local practitioners they may know.