When most people think about herbal medicine the first thing that springs to mind is usually something to do with a specific herb for instance, that valerian root is good for helping you sleep. In fact, the expression 'herbal medicine' refers to the practice of herbal medicine - a holistic outlook on health - which uses herbs and herbal preparations along with other lifestyle changes in support of a holistic healing strategy. So, when herbalists talk about herbal medicine they are referring to the whole philosophy which guides their practice, and which has evolved over thousands of years.
Western herbal medicine can trace it origins right back to ancient Greece and today western medical herbalists combine historical knowledge with the latest scientific research. Medical herbalists train for at least three years, receive botanical and medical training and adhere to a strict code of conduct. Training in Phytotherapy includes the study of medical sciences, diagnostic and differential diagnostic skills, pharmacy, materia medica, botany, pharmacognosy and nutrition, in addition to a minimum of 500 hours supervised clinical experience.
There are many different approaches to practice in western herbal medicine, including diagnostic systems, dispensing practice, and therapeutic strategies. My practice is grounded by my Cornerstones, which are specifically informed by an evolutionary approach to human physiology and medicine.
I use herbs alongside dietary and other recommendations to assist our natural healing processes towards restoring good health and resilience. I see health as being a continuous state of change, and encourage people to explore and work with their own core state to better understand how they can make the most of what they've got. For more detailed information please visit our Cornerstones introduction page.