Western Herbal Medicine

Western Herbal Medicine

Looking for advice on alternative medicine?

Our team of qualified natural health practitioners have the knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Western herbal medicines and will take a holistic approach when treating existing conditions, as well as providing advice in the prevention of ailments.

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Find out how western herbal medicine can help you today.

What is alternative medicine?

Western Herbal Medicine involves the use of plants and natural plant extracts to create an alternative medicine, to help prevent and treat a variety of illnesses. The products used may include the whole plant, or parts of it, such as the flowers, roots, fruits, leaves and bark.

The use of various herbal formulas is one of the oldest and most widespread forms of medicine. Traditional Western herbal remedies evolved mostly from the ancient Greeks. Well known historical physicians, including Hippocrates (460 BC – 377 BC) and Galen, are believed to have used herbal medicines in their practices.

In modern times, homoeopathic remedies have been validated by the development of scientific technology and medical research. As opposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been developed through systematic uses for herbal therapies over thousands of years.

Homoeopathic remedies

Unlike ‘traditional’ medicine, where drugs are used to target specific symptoms and diseases, Western herbal medicine is focused on the patient; it is the individual who is the focus of the practitioner, not the illness or the disease. The relationship between the herbalist and the patient is one based on trust and honesty.

Our practitioners assess each patient holistically, considering their personal health history, family history, and current lifestyle. Then, using this information, the homoeopathic remedies they prescribe will be directed at the underlying cause of the illness, as it presents in that particular individual.

By using this approach, it’s fair to assume that prescriptions for similar illnesses will vary from person to person. The prescription for medicinal herbs will be supported with advice on lifestyle and nutrition. It’s this personal, individual assessment that ensures Western herbal medicine is suitable for everyone, from young to old, delivering a natural, safe and effective form of healthcare. 

Herbal remedies for specific conditions

Herbal remedies are used for the improvement and general support of our bodies’ system processes; including digestive, circulatory, respiratory, immune, endocrine and nervous systems. As well as the removal of waste and toxins from cells and topically to promote healing of skin conditions.

Alternative medicine is useful in the treatment of minor acute conditions, such as colds or insomnia. Chronic conditions that respond well to herbal remedies include:

  • acne
  • asthma
  • chronic fatigue
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • migraine
  • irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases
  • male and female infertility
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • female reproductive problems such as endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

The range of medicinal herbs

Some medicinal herbs, which were originally used by Hippocrates, and still commonly being used today include:

  • fennel
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • echinacea
  • chaste-berry
  • hawthorn berry
  • anise or liquorice
  • coriander
  • rose-hip
  • garlic
  • St John’s wort
  • white willow bark
  • Valerian
  • linseed
  • peppermint
  • chamomile
  • celery
  • clove (oil)
  • Viscum album
  • elder-wood
  • sage
  • nettle

Need advice on alternative medicine and herbal remedies?

Our qualified practitioners will take a holistic assessment to prescribe the homoeopathic remedies best suited to you. Call us on 07 3857 8887 or complete our booking request for a consultation to discover how Western Herbal Medicine can benefit you.

Our Western Herbal Medicine Practitioners

  • Greg Bantick

    Chinese Medicine,Acupuncture

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    Greg Bantick has been in practice since 1975 in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has particular interests in dermatology, digestive, mood and auto-immune disorders. He has lived and trained in China, Japan, the U.S.

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