Herbal medicine is the use of plants as medicine, and it is the oldest form of medicine in the world.
It is also a holistic and vitalistic form of healing, which seeks to treat the whole person and rebalance them by seeking the root cause of the issue instead of just treating the symptoms.
It is also a very safe and natural form of medicine, which uses plants along with diet and lifestyle changes. This means that it is more gradual and gentle than conventional medicine, but that doesn't mean it is less powerful in the long term.
Herbal healing is well suited to support the management of a wide range of health concerns and is especially suited to chronic conditions. However, you do not need to be ill to attend a herbalist, it can also be used as a form of preventative medicine to boost your health or when you just don't feel quite right.
Herbs can be prescribed in different forms. The most common is a tincture, which is herbs extracted in alcohol, but herbal infusions, syrups and powders can also be used internally, whilst oils, balms and baths are used externally.
A Medical herbalist is someone who has had formal training for 4 years about the different herbs and their properties and the conditions they can be used to help, as well as basic medical training and studies of diet and naturopathy.
I trained for 4 years at The Irish School of Herbal Medicine under The School of Natural Healing, and now hold a lisense in to practise as a Herbal Medicine Practitioner. My training involved 600 hours of clinical training and an in depth study of herbs, Iridolody, plant based nutrition and naturopathy.