Herbal medicine

herbalHerbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. Herbal medicine has its origins in ancient cultures including those of the Egyptians, American Indians and Chinese. It involves the medicinal use of plants to treat disease and enhance general health and wellbeing.

Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modeled on, or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).

Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.

Herbs may be beneficial in treating a wide range of disorders, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as premenstrual tension
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Skin problems, such as eczema.

I have an extensive herbal dispensary on-site at Equilibrium Natural Health, and I also stock high quality, ‘Practitioner Only’ herbal and nutritional supplements that have been clinically and scientifically researched. They contain therapeutic levels of high quality raw ingredients that are combined to achieve the most efficient absorbency through the gut lining.

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