What is Western Herbal Medicine?
The use of herbal formulations is one of the oldest and widespread forms of medicine. Western herbal medicine involves using plants and plant material to help prevent or treat various illnesses. These can contain some or all parts of a plant, such as flowers, roots, fruits, leaves, and bark. Whilst the majority of the plants used come from European traditional use, herbal medicines may come from all over the world.
These can be taken in liquid form (tincture), tablets/capsules or as dried herbal teas. Herbs are also used topically to promote localised healing. At Ballina Natural Medicine Clinic we use herbs in all these forms.
Herbal remedies may be prescribed for a wide range of conditions, such as improvement or general support of digestive, respiratory, circulatory, immune, endocrine, and nervous system processes.
Herbs are the original basis of a large proportion of medical drugs and new compounds from plants are being discovered all the time by medical researchers. There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the use of herbal medicine as it has been practiced for thousands of years.