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Herbal Medicine

Over 80% of the world's population rely on herbs for health, and many different cultures use herbal remedies to treat disease and promote well-being. Herbal Medicine dates back to 3000 BC when the Egyptians used many herbs medicinally, which are still in use today. Central to the practice of Herbal Medicine, as a holistic healing system, is that it aims to restore the body's self-healing mechanism or "vital force", and remedies are prescribed for the patient rather than the symptoms. Herbal "synergy" is a key concept in Herbal Medicine - this maintains that whole plants are far more effective in treatment than the isolated constituents that are used in many synthetic drugs.

In use today are many plant species from North America, Africa and Australia which form part of the extensive repertoire of Western herbalism.

Herbal Medicine is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and many people self-treat for minor ailments eg. using echinacea to boost immune function and ward off colds.

Herbal Medicine is especially useful in treating the following health conditions:
acne, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory problems, coeliac disease, colitis, constipation, crohn's disease, cystitis, depression, diarrheoa, dysmenorrhoea, eczema, endometriosis, hayfever, headaches, high and low blood pressure, IBS, incontinence, indigestion, insomnia, menopause, menorrhagia, migraines, non-specific urethritis, peptic ulcers, PMS, respiratory problems, sinusitis, stress.

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You are recommended to seek advice of a qualified health practitioner. To find a qualified practitioner in your area look in the Practitioner Directory.

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