About Herbal Medicine

About-Herbal
 

About Herbal Medicine

 
herbsHerbal Medicine is one of the oldest forms of healing on Earth, the remains of herbs were found in a burial chamber dated to 60,000 years ago and many of these herbs are still in use today. It is estimated that at least 60% of the global population still use herbal medicines for primary health care (World Health Organization). Plants the foundation of life and providing food, clothing, shelter and medicine. In the past the medicinal qualities of plants such as Ginseng, Angelica archangelica and Sage were so highly valued they were even used as a form of currency. Today many pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants; more importantly Herbalists, Healers and Indigenous peoples around the world still use herbs exclusively to restore people to health and well being.
 
There are many different systems for practicing herbal medicine , Unani Tibb, Chinese and Traditional Western Medical Herbalism to name but a few. There are differences in preparation of herbs and in species used, however all the systems seek to restore equilibrium and do this using herbs to enhance the innate self healing abilities of the Human being (physical, mental and spiritual).
 
In the UK there are currently both B.Sc and M.Sc courses in Herbal Medicine being taught in Universities. Students are trained in modern clinical sciences, herbal therapeutics and have to undergo a minimum of 500 hours observed clinical practice. Graduates are eligible to join one the most renowned professional herbal organizations in the world –
 
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists N.I.M.H, has continually promoted Herbal Medicine, members have the letters M.N.I.M.H or F.N.I.M.H after their names. Members are fully insured, adhere to a strict code of ethics and practice and are expected to commit to a programme of continued professional development.


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