Herbal Medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of disease and the promotion of health. Herbs have been used as a source of healing in all cultures. We have been harnessing the healing powers of plants for thousands of years. Modern herbal medicine combines this traditional knowledge with contemporary holistic medicine, giving an approach to healing and health that is gentle, natural and sustainable, working with the body to achieve this perfect balance. Medical herbalists are trained in western medicine, pathology and diagnosis, underpinned by traditional herbal philosophy, giving them a holistic approach to the evaluation and treatment of ill health. The underlying cause of the problem is sought, and once identified it is this that is treated rather than the symptoms alone.
After an hours initial consultation, changes in diet and lifestyle are often recommended and herbs are prescribed to help restore the balance of the body. Herbs may be prescribed as tinctures (a blend of herbal extracts in alcohol and water), capsules, teas, cream or lotions and are easy to take. The second appointment may follow in two weeks and subsequent ones occurring monthly depending on the illness concerned. Herbal medicine can work incredibly quickly, it is amazing how quickly people can feel better and forget about their original complaints.
Medical herbalists work with all ages, from pre-conception and pregnancy to birth, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. Herbal medicine treats the whole person not the disease and is appropriate for many conditions such as digestive and circulatory problems, skin complaints, sleep problems, stress and emotional issues, hormonal imbalances, musculo-skeletal problems, respiratory conditions and much more. Herbalists work well alongside a GP or specialist when appropriate.
Lucy Vertue qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1999 she is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and currently offers treatments from:
The Herbary – Biddenden
Little World Herbs ~ Woodchurch
Contact: Lucy Vertue
Phone: 01233 860 633