What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicines have a very long history of uses and the remedies used are therefore tried and tested. Even today many conventional medicines are derived from plants. Rather than the whole plant being used, conventional medicines tend to isolate specific chemicals. A herbalist will use whole plant extracts, understanding these to be more gentle, balancing and less likely to cause side effects.
Herbs can act in many ways, for example as general tonics or tonics to specific organs, relaxants, detoxifiers, stimulants or anti depressants. Through such actions herbs can help restore balance and vitality, encouraging the body’s own healing potential.
A herbalist prescribes medicines made from plants in order to promote health and to prevent and treat disease. A herb acts as a medicine because it contains substances that work together to promote healing. Plants also have energetic properties that can be useful when working to restore balance.
Herbal medicine can benefit infants, children and adults. A fully trained herbalist will prescribe appropriate remedies based upon a thorough understanding of each patients needs.
Most of the herbs Ross Menzies prescribes are grown to organic/bio-dynamic standards. Ross also prepares his own herbal tinctures from herbs grown at Dilston Physic garden and some that grow wild in Northumberland. Medicines are usually in tincture form – a liquid that is conveniently measured into a little hot water and taken.