Ljupka Peev Naturopath, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine for women's health and fertility.

HERBAL MEDICINE

EchinaceaHerbal medicine (also known as botanical medicine or phytomedicine, where phyto- means plant) is a system of medicine that uses herbs or other plant-based materials for the treatment and prevention of disease.

 

Use of Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine has been used for health care in all cultures throughout history and continues to be an important aspect in medicine today. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that about 75% of the world’s population still depend on herbal medicines for their basic health care needs. Approximately 25% of modern medicines are still made from plants or contain at least one plant-based ingredient. One example is digoxin, a compound sometimes used in the treatment of certain heart conditions, extracted from the plant Digitalis purpuea, a plant traditionally used in Europe for the same conditions.

Safety of Herbal Medicine

There is now much documented evidence that people are commonly using herbal medicines. Often this is self-prescribed and without the guidance of an experienced herbalist, with the belief that because the medicines are “natural”, they are safe. However, herbal medicines can cause adverse reactions, particularly if the product is adulterated or of poor quality, taken inappropriately or in conjunction with other medicines. In order to ensure that herbal medicine is both safe and effective, a trained herbalist must take into account the quality of a product, the patient’s current and previous health status, the medicines they are taking and their individual needs. It is only through the guidance of a registered and trained herbalist that we can ensure that treatment using herbal medicine is safe and effective.

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