has been successfully used
to treat people’s medical
ailments since pre-historic
times. Herbal medicine
uses plants to treat or
prevent illness and to
encourage the body to heal
itself. Some can also nourish
the body to improve general
health and well-being.
Refinement from trial and
error of the use of herbs
over thousands of years
has enabled us to create
detailed pictures of the
actions and applications
of plant medicines.
Herbal medicine has never
been more popular than
it is today. More and more
people are turning away from mainstream medicine, with it’s over-reliance
on pharmaceutical products, with their countless side effects,
and opting for kinder alternatives. Many of the pharmaceutical
medicines used today are derived from plant products or are artificially
produced plant chemicals. However, once chemists extract isolated
parts from plants, they lose their natural balancing and regulating
effects. For example, meadowsweet used as an anti-inflammatory
or in fever, does not have the stomach-irritating side effects
associated with aspirin. It seems that nature has provided us
with well formulated medicines that we can pick straight from
Herbalists treat the whole
person individually and not just disease states or symptoms.
Two people could visit the same herbalist, with the same labeled
medical condition, but be given totally different prescriptions.
There are many variables within each individual, such as their
state of vitality, other medications being used concomitantly,
whether the condition is acute or chronic, medical history,
personal aggravations and ameliorations etc. Each herbal medicine
has multiple actions and active constituents, so it is the herbalists’
job to carefully establish which of the thousands of herbs available
will best suit the individual presented before them. Mixtures
of herbs are dispensed containing a few select herbs, uniquely
formulated to best suit the therapeutic requirements of each
individual. Health From The Earth
obtains its medicines from
the most reputable Australian manufacturers to ensure that the
efficacy, quality and reliability of the medicines is assured
at all times.
Some herbal medicines may
be contra-indicated for certain
individuals, for example pregnant women or lactating mothers. Consideration
is also given to any other medications that the patient may currently
be taking, to ensure that the herbal medicines prescribed do not
interfere with them. Some herbal medicines may produce side effects
in the incorrect dose. Thus, herbal preparations must be tailored
to the needs of each individual and only prescribed by professional
and appropriately registered practitioners.
Michael Koutsoukis and the Health From The
Earth clinic is
registered with The National Herbalists
Association of Australia (NHAA).
“The Lord hath created medicines out of the
earth; and he that is
wise will not abhor them”.
Ecclesiasticus 38: 4