Herbal medicine is man’s oldest form of healing, yet maintains its relevance in today’s society. Throughout the ages all cultures have had their Medicine Man, and at the base of all their treatments you will find a strong herbal lore.
Some people may dismiss this today, yet we find that most drugs were first based on one therapeutic property of a plant, such as digitalis extracted from the foxglove plant for the use of cardiac complaints. With the high cost of drugs and their many side effects, many people are turning back to the herbal world, finding great results with old and new herbs alike. Indeed, many scientific trials have been conducted, and are still being undertaken to verify the effectiveness and safety of the plant medicines.
Herbal extracts (tinctures), capsules or tablets of dried and powdered herb are available for almost any condition or complaint. The parts of the plant used can be the flowers, stems, leaves, roots or all together and even bark from trees and shrubs.
In days gone by, the herbalist would make their own extracts and herbal products. Nowadays there is very strict government legislation for the production of standard herbal products with strict quality control, producing superior products of mostly organic origin.
When used as recommended, herbal products are safe, effective and have no, if minor temporary side effects and are generally cheaper than drugs. They work on all the body systems and contain many nutritional properties such as vitamins and minerals.