Herbal Medicine – what is it and why should we use it?
Herbs are the oldest form of medicine known. The history of herbal medicine can be seen as far back as 30,000 years ago when Neanderthal’s teeth showed remnants of both chamomile and yarrow.* Plenty of information on the history of herbal medicine exists. A well done short introduction created by Julia Behrens, a fellow Medical Herbalist, encapsulates this history quite effectively and enjoyably - we invite you to watch the video below.
Plants have inhabited the earth long before we have.
The wisdom they inherently hold is something to be respected and experienced.
Unfortunately, people often get used to feeling a certain way, which may in fact be imbalance. As time goes on, this imbalance becomes the new standard of living and we can forget what it once felt like to be in a state of balance, not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The beauty of herbal medicine is that when taking a formula, the herbs help beyond just that dose. They can often remind our body where balance is and through the course of treatment establish a centered and true balance which becomes the new norm. This ultimately brings one into a state of health previously forgotten.
There are many benefits to using herbal medicine, some of which lie outside of the patients own experience with them. The fact that herbal medicine requires an active engagement with the natural world offers humanity another avenue of expression and care that is not just interacting with mother nature, but supporting the well being of her too.
*Parker, Steve. Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine, 2013.
We are only as healthy as the world around us.
phyto (plant) + therapy
Modern herbal medicine at its best.
Defined as the use of plants and plant products for medicinal purposes.
Phytotherapy applies scientific research and the highest professional standards to the practice of herbal medicine, while honouring the traditional roots of the practice.