Herbal medicine today understands the therapeutic applications of plant medicines in terms of current scientific research as well as traditional usage and the clinical experience of modern herbalists. A very wide range of conditions respond well to botanical remedies, herbs being prescribed to restore proper function to the body and enhance innate vitality.
Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.
Herbal medicines can be made using the whole plant, a single part, e.g. leaf, flower or root - each may have a different action - or a combination of parts. Each herb, or even one part, has differing profiles of chemical constituents with distinctive action in the human body, often requiring different extraction methods. Both fresh and dried plant material are used, according to clinical need.
Herbal medicines come in different forms:
Infusions: dried or fresh herbs, usually aerial parts, steeped in boiling water
Decoction: usually harder plant material, boiled on the stove for longer than infusions
Syrups: herbs incorporated into a thick, sweet liquid
Poultices: moistened herbs kept in place by a cloth for localised healing
Lotions: infusions or decoctions delivered in a smooth liquid preparation
Compresses: generally a soft cloth wrung out of a hot or cold infusion or decoction and applied to the affected area
Alcohol-based preparations usually called Tinctures. There are non-alcoholic alternatives to this such as glycerites or vinegars which are taken in the same way.
Oil-based preparations such as infused oils and ointments are used externally.
Other preparations commonly used:
Powders taken internally and applied externally, may come in loose form or in capsules
Juices are very nutritive
Creams are often preferred in the treatment of skin conditions
Baths and skin washes
Gargles and mouthwashes
Pessaries and suppositories
What does a Herbalist treat?
Medical herbalism is for everyone - if you would like more specific information on how a medical herbalist approaches health problems, please see links below or contact Harry Boys at the Clinic.
First consultation - £75
Follow up consultations - £5 to £40
Practitioner: Harry Boys
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