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Herbal Medicine & Naturopath, Crawley, West Sussex
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, is about using the innate healing power of plants to gently restore a balanced state of health, also known as homeostasis.
But it’s also far more than that. Herbal medicine is humanity’s most ancient system of health management: tombs have been excavated dating back over 60,000 years that contain numerous medicinal plants, buried with the occupant to ensure health in the afterlife. We have evolved alongside plants, and the phytochemicals they contain are perfectly matched to our own physiological needs. Herbs are essential sources of complex nutrients otherwise missing from today’s oversimplified diets. And, because of their subtle energetic properties – and many that are not so subtle! – it is possible to perfectly match a herbal prescription to the needs of the individual.
Supporting humanity for millennia, yet holding the power to address many conditions against which ‘modern’ medicine is powerless, herbal medicine is truly the medicine of the past and of the future. Natural remedies for every body. Herbal medicine treats the person, not the condition, and therefore has the potential to help anyone and everyone. Herbal medicine has been used for centuries to support the optimal functioning of multiple organ systems: nervous, digestive, the organs of detoxification – liver, kidney, bowels, skin and lymph – endocrine – i.e. the hormonal system – cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive…the list goes on.
What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Her/his spectrum comprises far more than fasting, nutrition, water, and exercise; it includes approved natural healing practices such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine, as well as the use of modern methods like Bio-Resonance, Ozone-Therapy, and Colon Hydrotherapy. At a time when modern technology, environmental pollution, poor diet, and stress play a significant role in the degradation of health, a Naturopath’s ability to apply natural methods of healing is of considerable importance. Frequently, a Naturopath is the last resort in a patient’s long search for health. Providing personalised care to each patient, the naturopath sees humankind as a holistic unity of body, mind, and spirit.
Using a range of alternative methods of diagnosis, a Naturopath can often successfully pin-point a predisposition in the body, before the onset of acute disease, and treat the patient with specific therapies and changes in the patient’s lifestyle.
What does a treatment consist of?
An initial consultation with a Naturopath normally takes about an hour. During this time the Naturopath will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking. The consulting Naturopath may then use Iridology (looking into the iris), or tongue and nail diagnosis to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client. If needed, pathology testing such as hair, stool, or blood analysis may be recommended. Once all of the information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, providing the body with the optimum chance to heal itself. The treatment plan may include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise, herbal medicine, homeopathic treatments, or other suitable remedies. A Naturopath may also refer the client to other practitioners as part of an integrated health care approach.
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