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What Is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the oldest and still most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is medicine made exclusivley from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures.

Herbal Medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant.

Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modelled on or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication, digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.

What is a Medical Herbalist?

  • A medical herbalist is highly trained in the philosophies, principals    and practice of western herbal medicine and medical science.
  • They take a holistic view towards health and illness.
  • They will assess you as a person not an illness.
  • They prescribe and dispense plant medicines in a safe and effective manner.
  • Seek to treat the underlying cause of the illness.
  • Acknowledge the bodies innate ability to heal itself.
  • Aims to prevent disease and restore health.
  • Provides dietary and lifestyle advice.
  • Maintains high standards of professional practice.
  • Is an authoritative source of information about natural medicine.

Benefits of Consulting an NHAA Accredited Member?

NHAA = National Herbalists Association of Australia


Assurance that your practitioner is:

Recognised by many Health funds for rebates.

Abides by a professional Code of Ethics.

Maintains continuing professional education.

A fully qualified Specialist in Herbal Medicine.
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