Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Plants have traditionally been the world’s major source of medicine and continue to be so in many countries today.  Even many modern pharmaceuticals are derived from plants.  Herbs provide a vast array of healing properties that can be effectively applied in many illnesses and diseases. Using whole plants instead of isolated constituents provides, in many cases, provides protection against unwanted side effects. This is due to the inherent composition of many plants which provide buffering qualities that reduce toxicity.  For example Meadowseet (Filipendula ulmaria) contains tannins & mucilage which offset potential gastric upset from the salicylates that it also contains.

Karen is passionate about herbs and the capacity for them to balance and restore optimal function in all parts of the body.   There are herbs for just about every system of the body and every complaint.  When working from a holistic paradigm, we often incorporate different herbs in our treatment - addressing aspects of the disease process that come from other systems.  For example, when treating the digestive tract, it may be worth addressing the nervous system as well because stress and anxiety are known contributors to digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome.

As a master herbalist, Karen will devise a unique medicinal formula choosing key herbs from the 120+ herbs she stocks in her clinic. This ensures that your herbal treatment will be matched to your individual needs and will provide a safe and effective medicine for your ‘dis-ease’.  Herb can be prescribed in the form of teas, tablets or fluid extracts - and Karen also makes up some wonderful herbal creams and ointments for skin complaints.


If you would like to know more about the profession of Herbal Medicine in Australia, please visit the National Herbalists Association of Australia.

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