What is Herbal Medicine?
Traditionally used by all societies and cultures, herbs and plants were our first medicines and food and predate recorded history. Herbal medicine or ‘phytotherapy’ is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. The practice of herbal medicine in New Zealand is regulated under The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. Herbal medicine is drug free and uses plant extracts to tone and nourish certain parts if the body, curing or preventing disease.
What to expect from your first appointment?
- A comprehensive consultation with a registered Medical Herbalist includes a detailed case history usually taking at least an hour for your first appointment.
- Individually prescribed herbal medication with clear dosage instructions.
- Encouragement to actively participate in your own healing process, which will further your understanding about how diet and various lifestyle factors will influence your general health and well-being.
- Confidentiality and professionalism.
Is it safe?
Herbal medicine is safe when prescribed by a fully qualified Medical Herbalist. A registered medical herbalist is trained to know which herbs can be safely used for particular health conditions and also knows how herbs may interact with other medications you may be taking. This is why self-prescribing of herbal medicines is not recommended. Just as you would go to a doctor for the right drug prescription for your condition, it is equally important to consult with a medical herbalist to get the right prescription, at the right dose, for your herbal remedies to be both safe and effective.
What can it Treat?
Herbal medicine can treat almost any condition, both acute and chronic, that patients might see their doctor for. It is extremely effective for treating disorders of the nervous system, digestive system, immune system and also hormonal complaints. A qualified medical herbalist knows when a condition is best seen by another health professional and will refer you when appropriate.
"I see Ros at least once a year at the beginning of winter when she gives me a herbal tincture to boost my immune system to prevent me catching cold/flu.
My wife and I both take the herbs now and neither of us have been unwell since we first saw Ros. I can certainly recommend her as a Herbalist." B.A.
The NZAMH (New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists) is the professional body for Medical Herbalists in New Zealand. Consulting and NZAMH accredited Medical Herbalist is your guarantee that you are seeing a practitioner who is fully qualified to practice herbal medicine, abides by a code of ethics and maintains professional education. NZAMH members may use MNZAMH after their name and use the title Registered Medical Herbalist.