Qualified herbalists are trained in both medical and plant sciences. A herbalist will not simply treat the symptoms or condition, they are trained to search out the root cause of the problem and discover what imbalances are preventing the body from healing itself.
Herbal medicine is appropriate for most common conditions. As a medical herbalist your make herbal medicines for people with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Each person is unique and there for each remedy is different and specific to the person being treated. Qualified herbalists are trained to safely use herbal remedies alongside prescription medication and to avoid any potential adverse interactions.
Complaints seen by herbalists include
respiratory – cough; colds and flu; sinusitis; hayfever; tonsillitis; bronchitis; bronchiectasis
digestive – indigestion; hyperacidity; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); stomach ulcer; inflammatory bowel disease; diarrhoea; haemorrhoids; flatulence; food sensitivities
urinary – infections such as cystitis, urethritis; prostatitis; benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); bladder discomfort
musculo-skeletal – arthritis; rheumatism; gout
skin – eczema; acne; psoriasis; dermatitis; skin healing issues
immune – chronic or recurrent infections
circulatory system – Anaemia, Chilblains, Bruising, Low blood Pressure, Nose Bleed, High Cholesterol, Poor Circulation, Varicose Veins, Haemorrhoids, Heavy Tired Feet
Specific Ailments of the urinary and reproductive system (Female) – Hot Flushes, Libido low, menopausal problems, heavy periods, painful periods, PMS, thrush, incontinence, cyctitis and urethritis
Other Conditions Helped – Abcess, Anaemia, Swollen Ankles, Asthma, Bad Breath, Back Pain, Bed Wetting, Belching, Boils, Bronchitis, Bruises, Burns, Cellulite, Chapped Hands, Chilblains, High Cholesterol , Colds, Colic, Constipation, Cough, Cystitis, Dandruff, Earache, Flatulence, Flu, Fluid Retention, Swollen Glands, Glue Ear, Hay Fever, Hangover, Headache, Hives, Indigestion, Inflammation, Insect Bites and Stings, Insomnia, Laryngitis, Memory & Concentration Problems, Migraine, Mouth Ulcers, Nausea, Nosebleeds, Oral Thrush, Panic Attack, Period Pains, Psoriasis, Allergic Rhinitis, Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Sore Throat, Sunburn, Teething Problems, Toothache, Travel sickness, Warts
Herbal medicine is suitable for people of all ages. Babies and children often respond well to herbal treatment and can benefit because herbal remedies provide gentle and well tolerated medicines which are appropriate for developing body systems. Herbs have helped infants and children with recurrent infections including ear infections, coughs and colds, as well as colic and hyperactivity.
Herbal medicine can also be useful for preventing seasonal infections such as colds and flu; supporting detox programmes; helping to reduce cravings; providing support through stressful times; or helping to reduce the side effects of pharmaceutical medications or treatments.
Very occasionally, herbs can cause allergic reactions. If you develop any rash, itchiness, headache or stomach upset while taking a particular herb, stop using it immediately. If you are prone to allergies, watch out for herbs belonging to the daisy family, known as compositae. Examples are yarrow, chamomile and Echinacea. Use in small amounts.