Herbal medicine is the prevention and treatment of disease using plant extracts. Modern herbal medicine combines a knowledge of traditional herbal medicine with modern toxicology, pharmacology, and current scientific knowledge. Herbal medicines are prepared using whole plants, or extracts of the whole plant, rather than isolated active constituents. These whole herb extracts contain many phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, as well as the active constituent. These different components have synergistic effects making the herbal medicine more effective, with fewer side effects, than an isolated active constituent. Herbs are administered as powders, teas or tinctures, and are all medical grade.
Single herbs may be prescribed, but more commonly bespoke herbal mixtures are made up to suit the needs of the individual patient. Herbal medicines are always prescribed using a fully holistic approach, looking at all aspects of the patient’s lifestyle, diet, and general health. Treatment aims to remove possible causes of ill health and symptoms of disease, as well as supporting organ function, and optimizing general well-being and vitality.