What is Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine uses powerful plant extracts to treat almost any type of health condition. These plant extracts contain phytochemicals – the active constituents that fight disease, promote the healthy function of the body’s tissues and stimulate the body’s own ability to heal and repair. Herbal medicine has been in use for centuries by many cultures around the world. This strong history of traditional use is increasingly being supported by science, with advances in technological analysis and clinical research, contributing to the body of evidence available.
How does herbal medicine work?
The way herbal medicine works has similarities to pharmacy medicine. In fact, many of our modern-day pharmaceutical drugs were derived from plant phytochemicals. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which are made up of one active constituent, herbal extracts contain a variety of active constituents that work together to restore health. This makes herbal extracts more gentle and less likely to have undesirable side effects.
What is herbal medicine good for?
Herbal medicine can be used to treat or support almost any health condition, including but not limited to:
- Hormonal conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, fibroids
- Digestive problems such as IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Respiratory conditions such as acute infections, asthma and chronic lung disease
- Immune conditions such as autoimmune disease, acute or chronic infections, eczema, allergies
- Musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Can I get my herbal medicine from the supermarket or chemist?
There are many issues with the quality and efficacy of over-the-counter herbal medicines. Not all are tested for active constituents and contaminants, meaning you won’t always get the results you are after. Furthermore, herbal medicine prescribing is complex and you may not be able to make the best choice for you as an individual. It’s always better to seek the advice of a qualified naturopath or herbalist. At the Urban Alchemist, our naturopaths only use herbal medicines that are stringently tested for quality and efficacy and that far surpass even the strict guidelines set by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. This ensures we bring you only the safest, most effective medicines.
Can I use herbal medicine if I am on prescription medicine?
In many cases herbal medicine can be used safely alongside prescription medications, but this can only be done under the supervision of a qualified herbalist or naturopath.
Book in for a consult with one of our naturopaths to get a personalised herbal medicine prescription, just for you.
Prices vary according to the practitioner and length of treatment. Please visit our Online Bookings page or call our clinic for further information.
For appointments with Rachel Larsson and Narayani Wellness,
call 9036 3318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org