But what is herbal medicine and what does an herbalist do? In short, herbalists use plants to treat chronic diseases. A Medical Herbalist is someone who is trained and is knowledgeable in the practice of plant medicine for total wellness, for treatment, prevention and nutritional support. An herbalist will take a holistic approach to ailments, considering the physical, physiological, biochemical and emotional needs of the individual.
It sounds new age-y, but really, it's quite the opposite: The practice of treating people with plants can be traced back to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, both of which originated around 5,000 years ago. Hippocrates, the "father of modern medicine" was an herbalist, as was Paracelsus and Nicholas Culpepper.
Herbalism in art that is primarily passed through experience and apprenticeship. Although, Florence was formally trained as a Medical Herbalist at BSc (Hons) level from Middlesex University. She also benefited from the herbalism being largely based on tradition and passed-down recipes and formulae. Florence's practice was further enhanced by hands-on study with different types of healers throughout Europe and Africa - Aromatherapists, Herbalists and Naturopaths, and, this was guided by a friend who lived outside of Cape Town, viewed by many as a bit of an eccentric since she eschewed prescription drugs. Together we would visit herbal apothecary, "where we would prepare a vervain tea to assist with sleep, or recommend chamomile and yarrow salve to help with dry skin. A Hemingwayesque education indeed.
Aquatic Natural Medica has herbal dispensary which stock medicines in the forms of teas, tinctures, tablets, creams, lotions and none of them contain any animal products. They are usually organic and wild-crafted in an ecologically sensitive manner, and made from the whole plant, producing a naturally balanced medicine that is easy to take.
What to Expect from a Herbal Medicine Consultation
Your first consultation is usually comprehensive lasting up to 1.5 hours. This includes thorough questioning about your general health and individual body systems, diet and lifestyle.
The second follow-up could take place approximately 2 weeks after the first consultation. This is to review how you have responded to herbal medicines, dietary and lifestyle recommendation. If it is a chronic condition, it is more likely that ongoing consultations and herbal medicine supplies will be required. After the first few consultations, a longer amount of time is usually left between one consultation and the next.