Why is it important to consult a qualified herbalist?
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Your health is important so it is important to chose healthcare from someone is who qualified to look after you.
A properly qualified herbalist is trained in medical and plant sciences. A thorough knowledge of the traditional use of herbal medicine as well as current research is also important so that you get the best care.
A medical herbalist considers all aspects of health when approaching treatment of disease. A herbalist will not simply treat the symptoms or condition; we are trained to search out the root cause of the problem, and discover what imbalances are preventing the body from healing itself. The herbalist will select the most appropriate combination of remedies. The herbal remedies are chosen in support of the body's healing processes.
Since every person is an individual, the particular combination of herbs chosen for them by the herbalist will depend on their personal needs. Therefore every prescription is different.
Put simply, herbalists do not treat symptoms, we treat people.
Qualified herbalists are trained to safely prescribe herbal medicines alongside pharmaceutical medications, and to avoid any potential adverse interactions. If appropriate, and with your consent, your GP or consultant can be kept fully informed of any herbal regime provided. Where necessary, a herbalist will refer you to your doctor for treatment.
Your herbalist should be a member of a professional association - that's your assurance that you are in competent hands. See NIMH