About Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine uses plant remedies within a holistic framework to promote heath and wellness. In a clinical setting, a personal consultation takes place and the herbalist develops an individualized protocol with herbs and nourishment to support the client’s capacity to restore good health and vitality.
Herbal medicine (also called botanical medicine and phyto-medicine) makes use of all plant parts – the seeds, berries, leaves, roots, bark and/or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 80% of people worldwide currently depend on herbal medicine as part of their primary health care.
I have apprenticed as a traditional wise woman herbalist and have trained in the scientific Western medical herbalist tradition. My clinical practice integrates both approaches with a focus on the individual – addressing the needs of the whole person, considering the underlying causes and surrounding environment, as well as the signs and symptoms. I use plant medicines made from the entire plant rather than isolated constituents. In clinic I create wellness plans that incorporate herbal preparations as well as nutritional and lifestyle advice.
Through the years I have grown, gathered and manufactured herbal preparations using safe, ethical and sustainable practices that respect the planet and people. I am committed to sharing plant wisdom and I encourage informed self-sufficiency through the herbal educational workshops and courses that I offer.
Why Consult with a Registered Herbalist?
Here are some reasons that people have given about why they come to see me ….
- To work with a skillful, trained clinical specialist in herbal medicine
- To optimize wellness and prevent illness and disease
- To get help and support with healing a health issue using herbs and nutrition
- To develop a sustainable plan using herbal medicine to address a persistent health issue – while herbs are used effectively in many acute situations, they are especially relevant with complex and chronic conditions
- To follow-up on a personal recommendation from a satisfied herbal client
- To get a fresh perspective – after trying other approaches and not getting the hoped for results – looking to herbs that will help
- To ask some questions about studies about the value of specific herbs in treating conditions of personal concern
- To respond to the ancient call and inner knowing about the importance of plant medicine in herbal healing for people