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Herbal medicine is a type of healing using plants and plant sources to treat illness and injury rather than using modern pharmaceutical drugs. Considered an alternative healing method in the United States today, medicinal plants and herbs have played a central role in folk medicine for thousands of years. They are still used to treat illnesses, diseases and injuries by modern herbalists and alternative medicine practitioners. Today there are many Universities and Colleges offering herbal medicine degrees.

The use of herbs and plants to treat ailments has been traced back over 3,500 years to when saffron was used medicinally in the Greek Island of Thera. Hieroglyphics depict the Ancient Egyptian use of senna to treat constipation and Babylonian records indicate that Hammurabi recommended mint for digestive problems, both remedies that are still used today.  

Herbal medicine and alternative healing have become more popular because of the concern over immediate and long-term side effects of using pharmaceutical drugs. In recent years, many studies have been conducted to validate traditional uses of herbal medicine.  

The two most popular types are Western herbal medicine and Chinese herbal medicine. While the various herbs and plants used in these types of herbal medicine are very different, the basic principles of using plant constituents to assist in and speed up the body's natural healing processes are the same.  

Many herbs contain vitamins and minerals and are used not only as a source of medical treatment but also as a source of nutrition and a preventive of many common ailments.  Herbal medicine is often packaged as nutritional supplements that can supply valuable nutrients needed for healthy organ function. 

Herbal medicine encompasses a large number of plant parts such as flowers, leaves and roots to produce a wide range of effects, from overall body effects such as relaxing or energizing to localized effects such as disinfecting wounds or relieving pain and inflammation.


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What is Chinese Herbology?

At Sage Health Centre we use both Chinese Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine Therapies. Depending on the condition of imbalance, a TCM practitioner may choose to treat a patient with herbs. Chinese herbal formulas are created from raw, dried herbs composed of plant, animal and mineral material. Chinese pharmacopeia consists of thousands of different herbs. A practitioner will combine between 3 and 20 different herbs into a tea, capsule or tincture formula that the patient can self-administer at home.

Herbal Consultations Herbal medicine is one of the most essential modalities of Oriental medicine. Herbal consultations may be scheduled separately or in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment. High quality manufactured herbs in the form of teas, capsules and liniments are also available for purchase in our clinic.

Some herbs can have strong effects on the body and organ systems or cause reactions in some people with sensitivity to plant allergens. That would be one of the main reasons to consult with a clinical herbalist.

Check with your doctor if you have any concerns over the safety of an herbal medicine or if you plan to take a specific herb over an extended period of time.  

Disclaimer: This article is for informative purpose only and should not be substituted for the advice of a registered medical professional. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner before consuming any of the medicines and herbs mentioned here.




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