The Role Of The Medical Herbalist
The Role of the Medical Herbalist
The qualified medical herbalist is someone that has trained in a professional school or institution for 4 years and has been awarded with a degree or Licentiate that shows that they are competent to practice as a Medical Herbalist. In addition they will also have complete 600 hours of clinical training; clinical training is by far the most important component of any professional training in medicine or natural healing. It allows the herbalist to experience the reality of working in a clinic and dispensing herbal medicines.
In the course of study they will have covered many topics including diet, nutrition, pathology, materia medica, human sciences, mind-body paradigm, natural therapeutics, plant chemistry, herb classifications, anatomy & physiology and much more.
Herbal medicine — also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine — refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. Plants have been used throughout history for healing and nourishment; making major contributions to human health through curative and rehabilitative properties, revitalizing and balancing well-being and is also used in the prevention of illnesses. The long traditions of use of many herbal remedies and experiences have been passed on from generation to generation. It is becoming more mainstream and popular as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease and also with much fewer side-effects.
How does an herbal consultation work?
A trained medical herbalist will discuss your health in detail, including your present condition and presenting symptoms, your own past medical history and your family medical history, and any conventional drugs, past and present, and supplements you are taking. Your life-style, stress and emotions and diet are also taken into account. This enables the herbalist to assess how any of these things may be impacting on your current state of health. Because herbal medicine takes a holistic approach, it allows me to know more about you as a person. In developing a treatment plan, it allows the herbalist to choose herbs that treat the person as a whole and not just the presenting symptoms. The first consultation may last from 1 to 1 ½ hours.
The herbs chosen & herbal remedies developed for each person are specific and individualised for each person; we are all uniquely different so what works for one person may not work for another. Herbalist are seen as more educators, that they help people to help themselves get better offering support and guidance along the way. Herbalists work on the premise that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves, that the body is a self-healing organism, and that herbal medicine and diet should be used to support the body’s very own capable defensive and restorative mechanisms, rather than by trying to replace them. A qualified Medical Herbalist uses herbal medicine to renew organ reserve and boost the immune system so vital to the demands of modern life. Sometimes it is only the subtle complex of chemicals found in plants which can heal. Herbal medicine works by restoring body function and stimulating the healing process.
“If you give the body the right tools and nutrition then it will heal itself.”
Herbs are used for more than the relief of symptoms, underlying health problems, such as the state of the digestion, inflammatory processes going on within the body, stress, lifestyle and diet and so on, can all have a significant impact on the manifestation of symptoms in many conditions. A skilled medical herbalist will seek to identify and redress these by matching what is going on within your body with the appropriate herbs for you. They do this by using their extensive knowledge of the actions and secondary actions of individual herbs and of blending herbal formulas.
Benefits of consulting a qualified medical herbalist:
• In depth knowledge of herbs and plant medicines
• Diagnostic and clinical expertise
• High quality herbs and herbal preparations from reputable suppliers
• Safe prescribing of herbs and knowledge of contraindications and drug interactions
• Ability to assess your individual needs by looking at your whole health profile
• Access to effective herbal remedies unavailable to the general public
“One of the key skills of a medical herbalist is to be able to identify and select which key herbs are best suited to a clients particular condition and to then blend them into an herbal remedy which is specific just for that person”
Herbal medicine treatment may help with some of the following:
• Increase immunity and help coughs, colds, flu and asthma
• Improve digestion and elimination
• Restore balance to the body, mind and emotions
• Balance hormones and help with complaints such as period pain, irregular periods, PMS, menopausal symptoms
• Improve skin complaints such as acne, eczema, psoriasis
• Reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol
• Reduce allergies
• Help with arthritis, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain
• Help with chronic fatigue and improve mood
If you would like to an appointment to speak to a medical herbalist, you can contact the clinic on 085-215 7479