Raven Herbals - cranialsacral therapist, herbal medicine, Norwich, Norfolk

Herbal Medicine

DSCF0290 copyThe practice of Herbal Medicine uses plant remedies in their many different forms to support the treatment of disease. It is the oldest form of medicine dating back thousands of years to the ancient civilisations of Greece and Egypt. In Britain we have a very rich tradition of Western Herbalism and the books of Herbalists for example Culpeper from the 1700s are still relevant today.                                                                               Western Herbalists in the 21st century also incorporate the knowledgeable traditions of the Native Americans. Using the plethora of wonderful herbs that are found on the North American continent for example Echinacea,                                                a fever remedy of the First Nations, that is now used extensively in Europe.

Advantages of Herbal treatment

Herbal Medicine has been used for many thousands of years, therefore any side affects are well recognised. In the hands of a qualified practitioner using diagnostic skills to asses each individual case, herbs can be used to bring about health and vitality in the gentlest of ways.

st johns copyMany pharmaceutical drugs are the active principles of plants that have been isolated and often chemically copied, therefore increasing the risk of side affects. In contrast, the whole herb usually has a balance of principles that compliment each other to avoid this difficulty.

When a Herbalist creates a formula they combine several herbs to enhance each others actions and avoid over stimulating the system. When herbs are used to help overcome disease, they not only cleanse the system rather than suppress it, but also help bring the mind and body back to a state of strength and recovery.

The Herbal Consultation

Herbal Medicine can be helpful with many conditions. In the initial consultation a case history is taken to pinpoint the problem behind the symptoms exhibited and this is what the Herbalist works with. The patient will then be given their medicines in the form they require, this can be as, a liquid tincture; herbal teas; creams or tablets.

Conditions that may respond favourably

  • allergies
  • arthritis; joint pain
  • digestive disorders; peptic ulcers; colitis; irritable bowel syndrome
  • exhaustion; nervous disorders
  • hormonal problems; menopause
  • migraine
  • circulation; blood pressure; angina; varicose conditions
  • post viral syndrome; M.E
  • skin problems; acne; psoriasis; exzema

Canine examples

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  • arthritis; inflammation
  • digestive disorders; diarrhoea
  • hormonal problems
  • nervousness
  • post season issues (lethargy, phantoms)
  • skin problems

Equine examples

  • allergies
  • arthritis; inflammation
  • digestive disorders
  • hormonal problems
  • hoof problems
  • laminitis
  • mud fever
  • nervousness
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