A Closer Look at Herbalism
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The WHO has listed approximately 21,000 plants with medicinal uses. Ancient history and wisdom has been passed down through the ages and is still in use today, modern scientific and clinical evidence backs up the overwhelming traditional evidence of both the safety and efficacy of herbal medicine. With pharmaceutical drugs often not providing solutions, or having unpleasant side effects, more and more people are realising that the gentle, yet effective herbal approach can help the body to heal in a natural, balanced way.
Herbal medicine is holistic in it's approach and looks at the individual not just the specific symptoms or condition, remedies are selected to suit your particular requirements. Whilst some herbal remedies can be bought over the counter, herbalists will be able to select the most suitable remedies for you, advise on interactions and other important factors such as diet and lifestyle. The medicine cost is often comparable with NHS prescription charges.
A trained medical herbalist in the UK will have undergone professional training for at least three years to degree level; this includes both botanical and medical training, 500 hours of supervised clinical experience is a necessary and important part of the training and ensures you will receive professional advice and treatment.
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists was established in 1864, NIMH is the UK's leading authority on herbal health matters, and an accreditation board for training institutes meets three times a year to assess training standards.
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