What can I expect from Herbal Medicines?
The most appropriate role for herbal medicines is mild to moderate health problems. These include; irritable bowel syndrome, chronic sinusitis, allergies including eczema, hay fever, asthma, all hormone related problems, early osteoarthritis, recurrent infections etc. It also includes wellness issues such as fatigue, stress and feeling unwell when all the medical tests are ‘normal’.
Acute infections and painful conditions can also benefit from a herbal approach in collaboration with a pharma medicine or surgical approach where indicated by a well qualified herbalist.
For severe health problems where there is structural damage to tissues (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cysts on the ovaries, inflammation of the stomach, persistent pain and swelling of any structure etc.) herbs will take longer and they will commonly be used alongside your prescribed medication in the context of a herbal consultation.
Without addressing nutrition and the stressors that accompany severe chronic health problems you limit the success of all medication including prescribed medication.
Herbs can reduce the side effects of medication and enhance their effectiveness.
Herbs can help with non-core disease effects such as stress, anxiety, insomnia and digestive problems that often accompany severe chronic illnesses and reduce your quality of life. These non-core problems often exacerbate the disease.