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Herbal Therapy

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 herbs

Most 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 herbs

Often combined with classical Acupuncture for optimal effect.

African herbs

Exciting 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 herbs

These belong to an Indian traditional medical system going back 5000 years.

UnaniTibb herbs

Relatively 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?

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.
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