Perth Naturopathic - Herbal Medicine
Today it is recognised by the World Health Organisation that herbs are by far the most widespread form of medicine used by people living on our planet. Enormous amounts of scientific research and discovery have taken place within herbal medicine in modern times.
Herbal medicine is especially suited to the safe treatment of such long-standing problems. Herbs are strong, real medicines, they are here to stay!
The great test of time has proven those herbal medicines that work, now the tests of science are helping us to understand how they work, and in the process new possibilities are constantly coming to light. Health problems seen by modern herbalists have typically developed over considerable periods and involve a weakness or imbalance of one or more of the body’s core systems.
These form the basis of most herbal treatment programs. They are the dark, concentrated liquids that you take in drops or mls each day. They are sourced from the best suppliers in the world using pure, high-grade herbs that have been carefully and exactly processed over months to produce pure, potent medicines.
Compounding extracts together enables a formula to be tailor-made exactly for you, choosing from hundreds of medicines from the great European, Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal traditions. The importance of giving a strong, physical dosage to achieve real success with herbs cannot be overstated.
Modern herbalists realise that most people would prefer the ease of taking a pill compared to liquid extracts, however to reach the equivalence of a typical full adult dose of extracts you would literally need to swallow two large handfuls of pills or capsules every day! The taste aspect can be an initial hurdle, though it has been frequently observed that people do quickly become accustomed and in many cases even grow to like the taste after a while!
The flavour of extracts can be much reduced by minimising the amount of contact time in the mouth, this can be achieved by diluting the dose with a small amount of water (approx 10mls), swallowing it quickly and immediately following up with a small drink of water or other liquid.
Teas & Decoctions:
So what is the difference between a tea and a decoction? A tea is soaked, or infused in boiled water, while a decoction is simmered in boiling water. These are the most widely used forms of herbal medicines around the world and again allow a strong dosage to be rapidly achieved.
Teas and decoctions are frequently used as a support for the primary medicinal action of the extracts but can certainly also be used as health tonics in their own right. You will have instructions on how to prepare them if they have been given or recommended.
Where there are clinical signs of a deficiency or we know that a particular problem should respond well; nutritional supplements are commonly used for a specific time. Likewise a few, selected herbal medicines can be used in the pill form, usually where lower doses are required to reach the therapeutic threshold or the herb has been concentrated to a much greater level than normal within a pill or capsule.
The herbs used in modern herbal medicine are the most tried, tested and safe in the world. They are however powerful medicines and it is true that in programs that include a strong tissue cleansing component some people will get worse before the get better.
This is usually very transitory and can be safely managed if necessary. You should contact the clinic if you are concerned about possible negative effects. For the overwhelming majority of people who use herbs there are absolutely no adverse side effects.
Length of Treatment:
Remember that herbs do not suppress the symptoms of illness; rather they help the body to heal itself. Herbs are generally slower than drugs to affect changes but their long-term benefits can also be much greater. In many cases the effects are gradual and accumulative, which means that the longer you take herbal medicines the better they work. Having said that, it must be noted that many people report feeling the action of their herbal medicines very rapidly.
Often after a short while of taking herbs people begin to feel an improvement in their overall vitality and general well being, an excellent sign that the body has engaged in the vital process of self-repair.
We will try to closely monitor how the medicines are working and alter or extend the course of treatment as needed. Stay the course, and be patient if necessary, it will definitely be worth it.
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