The role of the Herbalist
Clinical Herbalism is the use of plant materials to promote optimum health, alleviate illness, and restore balance to the body. It is both art and science, rooted in the past, yet incorporating the scientific understandings of physiology and biochemistry. Combining these approaches allows the clinician to develop customized and effective protocols for optimal health. Additional advice on nutritional principles supports and enhances the herbal treatment.
How are herbal remedies used?
Herbs work in direct contact with the body’s chemistry to correct physiological imbalances, or optimize essential functions. They can be taken internally or topically and are passed into the bloodstream via the digestive system, skin, or nasal passages. Herbal remedies are available in teas, liquid extracts (or tinctures), capsules, tablets, powders, granules, syrups, creams, salves, and oils. Your clinician will work with you to determine the right form of herbal medicine for your needs.
Are herbal remedies safe?
Herbal remedies are natural, and if used properly generally have no side effects. They function in cooperation with the body’s recuperative powers without residual toxicity. You and your herbalist will work together to achieve optimum results, keeping in mind drug/herb interactions, dosage, and contraindications.
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