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The knowledge that plants can cure disease is probably instinctive in man, and animals also seek out the appropriate herb whenever they are ill. For thousands of years, medicine depended almost exclusively on flowers, barks and leaves. This vast amount of knowledge has been passed down to the herbalists of today, and the remedies used have been tried and tested throughout history.

With the advancement of science enabling us to identify the chemical constituents within these plants, we can better understand their healing powers. Herbal remedies gently aid the body to a balanced state of health. Herbalism, in the UK, is now classed as an alternative or complementary discipline but it is still the most widely practised form of medicine worldwide with over 80% of the world’s population relying on herbs for health.


WESTERN & CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
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Both traditions use herbs that are indigenous or available to them; however it is the different concept of how to use these herbs that divides one from the other. In Chinese herbal medicine, the aim is to rebalance the pattern of disharmony in order to re-establish harmonious Qi (energy) and blood flow throughout the body and will refer to diseases as being generated by damp, heat and/or wind. In Western herbal medicine on the other hand, there is a more scientific approach and herbs may be given to treat the liver, kidneys, digestive organs, nervous system etc, according to the individuals needs. The herbs are known by their active constituents, i.e. tannins, alkaloids, saponins, astringents, and so on. For example if a patient had excessive menstrual bleeding, astringents would be used in Western herbal medicine, whereas herbs to clear heat and cool the blood may be used in Chinese herbal medicine.

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