Plant-based medicine supports and enhances the body’s systems, encouraging our natural ability to heal. Their naturally occurring phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and trace elements make them very therapeutic to the body, strengthening and restoring balance. Phytochemicals are often a plant's protective mechanism against disease and harmful environmental factors, and can provide humans with the same benefits when taken medicinally.
Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy involve a holistic approach to healing, combining knowledge of traditional use of plants, vitamins and minerals with current scientific research. Many herbs and nutritional supplements can complement conventional medicine, creating positive health outcomes for a client. Treatment may also include referrals to specialists and other appropriate healthcare providers.
Medical Herbalists and Naturopaths are committed to identifying and treating the underlying cause of a client's health conditions, in addition to treating existing symptoms. It is imperative to take into consideration family history, past medical history and key aspects of the client's lifestyle such as diet, physical activity, emotions and any stressors that they may encounter day to day. This approach helps to identify any imbalances or weaknesses that could be contributing to ill health. The treatment administered is therefore specific and effective for the individual, minimising the risk of side effects.
Herbs have been used as medicine by many cultures for centuries, and there is now a vast amount of scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of herbal remedies. Today Herbal Medicine continues to be one of the most common forms of medicine, with the World Health Organization estimating that approximately 80% of the world’s population presently use herbal medicine as a component of their primary health care.