Medical Herbalism

What is Medical Herbalism?

Medical Herbalism is the practice of using plant based medicines in different forms to address health complaints. All plants contain phytochemicals which perform different roles for the plant, herbalists have the understanding of these chemicals through both ancient wisdom passed down through the generations and modern science to be able to use their properties safely and effectively. Animals naturally will self medicate when able, knowing instinctively which plants will benefit them, humans too can gain great health benefits from these phytochemicals.

Many modern medical drugs are derived from plants, often the active chemicals are isolated from the plant and recreated synthetically to develop drugs. There are many examples of these drugs, the most well known being Aspirin

Why Choose Herbal Medicine?

People often look for alternatives in healthcare because they have become disappointed with conventional medicine, it either hasn’t worked, side effects have been intolerable or they simply haven’t felt they have been listened to. Herbal medicine can in many cases be taken alongside conventional drugs, this is why it is always best to seek treatment from a qualified herbalist who is aware of potential interactions. 

Herbal medicine is generally very safe and well tolerated when taken under the guidance of a herbalist, side effects are unusual and prescriptions are very much tailored to the individual.

Plant remedies fit well with the growing wellness trend that indicates people want more natural, less toxic ways to optimize their health. Also they seek to buy from ethical sources who have concerns around producing quality products with as little environmental impact as possible.

What Conditions can Herbal Medicine Treat?

Herbal medicine is effective for a wide range of conditions both chronic and acute and as a holistic approach treats the person as a whole therefore medicines can be tailored to address coexisting complaints and restore general balance to bodily systems.

Skin Conditions

Hormonal Imbalances – fertility, PMS and Menopausal symptoms

Musculoskeletal Issues

Digestive Complaints

Mood Disorders

Urinary Disorders

Cardiovascular Issues

Generally speaking, herbs can be effective at bringing balance to the body, optimizing assimilation and excretion,  increasing energy and immunity, aiding adaptation to stress and promoting improved lifestyle patterns and sleep

What to Expect from a Consultation

The first visit to a herbalist usually takes between one to one and a half hours as a full case history will be taken. The presenting complaint will be explored, medical history will be noted, all bodily systems are reviewed and diet and lifestyle will be discussed. Blood pressure and pulse are routinely taken and physical examinations performed if necessary. All matters discussed and notes taken are treated as highly confidential.

A prescription is then formulated by the herbalist, usually in liquid tincture form comprising of different herbs. Dried herbs and creams are also used where indicated. A follow up appointment is then made, usually for in a fortnights time and this is a shorter thirty minute consultation to assess progress and adjust the medicine where appropriate.

Consultations with the Belvoir Herbalist will be available from early June 2019 at the ‘Sunita Passi Belvoir Wellness Centre and Shop’ at the Engine Yard, Belvoir. Bookings can be made from the website  or by downloading the mindbody app