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Herbal medicine uses plant remedies to treat diseases. It is the oldest form of medicine known, practiced in many cultures for thousands of years, and even today, by 85% of the world’s population. Whole plants and plant parts are used throughout the world in many different ways and are formulated to address the needs of a whole person, not just their symptoms. Because the whole person is treated, many conditions can be improved at the same time, and because no two people are the same, the prescription of Herbal Medicine is unique.
Types of herbal remedies
Herbal remedies come in a variety of forms and may be used internally or applied externally.
An oral formula may be prescribed as:
- liquid herb extracts (tinctures)
- capsules or tablets
Herbal remedies that are applied externally include:
- poultices and plasters
- infused oils
Herbal medicine’s effectiveness arises through the synergy of the biological activity of its natural ingredients, chemicals and compounds. Many health disorders can benefit from the use of herbal medicine, ranging from a simple common cold to chronic degenerative diseases.
About medical herbalists
Qualified herbalists hold a BSc degree or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, which allow them to become a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the largest body of traditional western herbal practitioners in the UK, operating since 1864. The NIMH is recognised for its high professional standards, ensuring excellence in herbal treatment. Medical herbalists successfully blend holistic treatment with a sound understanding of orthodox medicine. Find out more about members standard of education here.