Introduction To Herbal Medicine
Introduction To Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine always has been and always will be the medicine of the people. Today, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) up to 80% of the world’s population depend on herbal medicine as their primary health care system. For thousands of years people have survived on this planet because medical plants have been readily available to everyone. Up until very recently many of our gran- parents or great grand-parents knew many home remedies and were able to treat many ailments effectively without the aid of a medical doctor. Theses healing remedies were pasted down from one generation to the next.
Unfortunately in our modern western society this important tradition has faded away and few people have the knowledge today, but luckily there is a resurgence of interest in natural health and Herbal Medicine and more and more people are turning to Herbal Medicine for answers for their ailments.
What most ordinary people know about herbal medicine is very limited to what they might pick up in the media, for example the herb St. John’s Wort is used for depression. But to the highly trained professional herbalist they would see that the problem would run much deeper than that. Depression is not really a disease but a symptom that can arise from many different root causes.
The highly trained professional herbalist wants to look past the symptoms and find the underlying root cause. In the case of the example of depression, is it arising from the intestines, the liver, low thyroid, or just the person’s current life situation? Then depending on the cause, which herb or combination of herbs would best suit this situation, it maybe that Ginkgo, Black Cohosh or Damiana might be better herbs to use than St. John’s Wort.
Also what is important to bear in mind is that a herb just does not have one single use but has multiple actions affecting multiple body systems. Take St. John’s Wort again as an example, it is a nervine that calms anxiety, stress and anxiety-related depression, but it also aids repairs when nerves have been damaged, it has an anti-viral action, it is also helpful for healing damaged intestinal mucosa and it can be used for menopausal nervousness & menstrual cramps. Therefore St. John’s Wort is just not a herb for a single issue but a complex herb that works on many underlying issues in multiple body systems.
Each person is a unique individual person therefore the trained professional herbalist tailors each well-crafted herbal remedy specifically for each individual person. What works for one person does not mean it will automatically work for another person because their root cause will more than likely be different. The trained herbalist holistically treats the person not the disease.
The best kind of medicine is preventative medicine. Adopt a good regime which includes a sensible diet with plenty of living foods, exercise and time for relaxation. When you are ill ask yourself what factors in your lifestyle may have led to this illness, consider all the signs and symptoms as they are often related. If the symptoms are new and you are worried get them checked out by a professional.
If you have any issues that maybe of concern to you and would like to talk to a trained professional herbalist contact Michael at the Master Herbalist Clinic 085-215 7479