Different kinds of herbs
There are many classifications of herbs used in medicine, which often overlap, as many herbs are common to several groups. Herbs used by us are included in the following groups:
Western herbsMost of the Western herbs that I prescribe are produced by Mediherb in Australia. Mediherb has an international reputation for organically grown source materials and highly standardized production methods. The result is a dependable, effective herbal product. Different methods of preparation of Western herbs can result in Flower Essences or Homeopathic medicines.
Chinese herbsOften combined with classical Acupuncture for optimal effect.
African herbsExciting discoveries involving the benefits of some African herbs have yet to be thoroughly researched. Such herbs include Sutherlandia, African Ginger, Warburgia, Buchu, Sceletium and Hoodia, which are very useful in practice.
Ayurvedic herbsThese belong to an Indian traditional medical system going back 5000 years.
UnaniTibb herbsRelatively new in South Africa, this system of medicine originates in ancient Greek times and has been adopted into Arabic culture.
When are Herbs used?Herbs are used in a wide variety of conditions, including detoxification, liver support, regulation of the immune system, organ support [e.g. thyroid gland], regulating metabolic functions [e.g. blood sugar balance], emotional support, and parasite, virus and fungus elimination.
What is the difference between a herb and a homeopathic medicine?
|HERBAL MEDICINES||HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES|
|Made from plants||Made from plants & other substances|
|Have a physiological effect on the body||Have an energetic effect on the body|
|Have colour and taste||Have no intrinsic colour or taste|
|The more concentrated the more powerful the effect||The more dilute the more powerful the effect|
|May have significant side effects||No intrinsic side effects|
May interact with certain drugs, causing an enhanced effect or side effects.
Can usually be taken with food.
Not sensitive to odours or sunlight
Effect may be diminished by certain drugs e.g. cortisone. Do not take with food.
Do not expose to strong odours or sunlight.
|Follow laws of Newtonian physics||Follow laws of Quantum physics|