The Gedling Herbalist
BSc (Hons) MNIMH
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is the use of plants to treat illness and to support health. Plants are the traditional medicines of peoples and cultures across the world and are still used by 80% of the global population today. Here in the UK we have a particularly rich herbal heritage with several famous herbals that are still in print today – written by Nicholas Culpeper, John Gerard and Mrs Grieve. Many of our pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants, like aspirin from willow bark (Salix sp), digoxin from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and morphine from the poppy (Papaver somniferum).
Herbal medicine provides a natural, more gentle treatment with generally fewer side effects, which makes it particularly suitable for chronic conditions. Treatment focuses on the person as a whole and works with the body’s natural ability to heal.
A Short Animation about the History of Herbal Medicine