Fact: Many drugs listed as conventional medications were originally derived from plants.
Origin: Earliest written account of herbal remedies comes from China (2800BC).
Therapy Type: Natural Medicine
WHAT EXACTLY IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
During your initial consultation, the practitioner will do a physical examination and check your pulse and blood pressure. Your herbalist will discuss your diet, lifestyle or other factors, which may be affecting your health. Herbalists are interested in all aspects of health; it is their aim is to treat each person individually and holistically.Following your assessment, a prescription may be dispensed on the day of your appointment but sometimes it can take a day or two to prepare so you may need to return to pick it up. The herbal medicine is usually in liquid form, chosen specifically for your needs and the combined action of the different herbs provides you with a complete medicine. It is usually diluted in a small amount of water or juice before drinking. Occasionally, the herbalist may also choose to prescribe tablets, capsules or teas.Herbal medicine supplied by a professional herbalist will be marked with clear instructions on dosage and any other specific requirements. These instructions should be carefully adhered to in order to maximize your results from taking the medicine.Chronic conditions are particularly well suited to treatment with herbal medicine and you should notice some health improvements and changes within 4 to 6 weeks. Alternatively, you can expect acute complaints, such as a cold or the flu, to benefit from herbal medicine within hours.
Reactions will rarely occur if herbal medicine is professionally prescribed. In the unlikely event of a reaction, consult your prescribing practitioner straight away.
Most people find Herbal Medicine deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the NZ Natural Medicine Association (NZNMA). Herbalists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Herbal Medicine Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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