is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine is almost as old as human civilisation itself.
Ancient peoples quickly realised that some plants were edible, some
poisonous and some beneficial to health - mostly by a simple but
dangerous process of trial and error.
Because of their diverse range of uses, plants have a wide impact
on the different functions of the body. Most of us eat plants in
some form, every day so we are used to the effects they have - tea
and coffee as stimulants; peppermint as a digestive; senna as a
laxative; camomile as a relaxant.
In the same way, by using the appropriate plant extracts, herbal
medicines can be used for treating a wide range of common health
problems. They can also be taken as a preventative measure against
catching infections such as coughs and colds. Taken regularly, some
herbal medicines can help maintain the body's equilibrium in functions
which are subject to recurring imbalances, such as digestion or
Because our metabolism is well suited to digesting plants and
herbal medicines have a gentle, cumulative effect, they have no
side effects for most people. However, like all medicines, dosage
instructions should be followed and you should consult your doctor
before taking them if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or regularly
taking other prescribed medicines.
There is a lot of confusion between herbal remedies and herbal
medicines. It's very important to understand that herbal medicines
are different to remedies. Herbal medicines, like all our products,
are licensed because they have been approved by the Department of
Health and have shown a proven, positive effect on the condition
they treat. So always check that you are buying a licensed herbal
medicine. You can do this by looking for the product licence or
PL number on the label or ask your pharmacist for advice.