What is Herbal Medicine

What is Herbal Medicine

What is herbal medicine? Herbal medicine is a traditional form of treatment derived from plants (like Rosemary, Lavender, Chamomile & Turmeric) and has been used since the stone age. Today, these herbs have been used by Herbalists & Naturopaths combined with knowledge, modern science and research to maintain health and treat illness.

There is an increasing requirement for research to validate the traditional uses of herbal medicine and to understand the way that the plants work inside the body. Much of the current research seeks to discover the active chemistry of the plants and highlight the numerous uses and benefits of herbal medicine. Many of the pharmaceuticals currently available to doctors have a long history of use as herbal remedies, such as aspirin which has been synthesised using Willow Bark (Salix alba).

Herbal medicines come in many forms but are generally prescribed as liquid extracts or tablets. Liquid extracts undergo a simple manufacturing process that involves the dry plant material being combined with ethanol and water, so that the medicinal properties can be extracted to deliver the final product. There are no other additives as the ethanol is a natural preservative. In contrast most tablets and capsules will have binders and fillers, and a shorter shelf life.  We like liquid extracts as they can be easily blended by your practitioner into a unique formulation to meet your individual needs.

Herbal medicine is safe and effective when administered by a qualified practitioner. Nevertheless, it is important to tell your practitioner if you are pregnant or taking any pharmaceuticals, to avoid interactions or adverse effects.

In Australia practitioners must undertake comprehensive training, and gain accreditation with a registered association, in order to practice. See some of our lovely practitioners below.

Megan Clarke
Carolyn Richards
Katie Pearson

If you are interested in seeing a qualified Herbalist or Naturopath please contact the Gnostic Wellness Centre (02) 4342 0434.