Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine. Every early civilisation used plants as their main source of medicine, and most of the world’s population still rely on them today. Around a quarter of all pharmaceutical drugs currently prescribed by doctors were originally derived from plants. However, herbs contain many active ingredients, unlike the single chemical in a drug. Plant medicines are selected to stimulate or strengthen the body’s normal functions, and so help the body heal itself.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has developed over the last 3,000 years. A selection of well tested herbs provide the individual with a powerful and well balanced remedy. Each herb is classified by its specific properties, including temperature, taste, function, action, and which internal organ it affects. The herbs are prescribed following an in-depth diagnosis determined by questions on symptoms, medical history and emotional factors. The herbs are usually taken in the form of a drink, which the patient prepares from a prescribed mixture of herbs. The treatment can last for several months, during which time regular consultations are given to determine if there is a change in the patient’s condition which will require the herb prescription to be altered. Herbs can be used to treat both adults and children. The herbs can also be taken in conjunction with a course of acupuncture.
To make an appointment or find out more about Chinese herbal medicine at York Clinic, call us on 01904 709688 or use our contact form and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Western Herbal Medicine
Western herbal medicine combines a holistic approach with modern scientific knowledge and research. This style of modern herbal medicine is also known as phytotherapy, which has evolved as a result of the recent worldwide growth in scientific information on plant drugs and their effective and safe use. Western herbal recipes usually contain fewer herbs than a Chinese herbal recipe, and the herbs are categorized by medicinal property and function and action. As with Chinese herbal medicine, the herbs are prescribed following an in-depth diagnosis which includes questions about emotional state, lifestyle, diet and any other underlying causes, rather than focusing only on the symptoms or disease.
Western Herbal Medicine is practised at York Clinic by Michaela Scott.
To make an appointment or find out more about Western herbal medicine at York Clinic, call us on 01904 709688 or use our contact form and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.