Herbal Medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of disease. Medicinal plants have been used to treat illnesses for thousands of years. In fact, many modern medicines are based on plants originally. Today, medical herbalism combines the traditional uses of herbs with modern scientific knowledge and research. Medical herbalists are trained in current medical diagnostic skills, and use these skills with a holistic approach to treat the whole person, not just the disease.
Patients of all ages, from infants to the very elderly, can find benefit from herbal medicine. Those already receiving treatment from their doctor may also be helped, and are prescribed only herbs which do not adversely interact with other medication. If appropriate, and with the patient’s consent, GPs or consultants are kept fully informed of the herbal regime.
Herbal medicine is appropriate for most of the conditions for which you would visit your GP. These include digestive and circulation problems, skin complaints, sleep, stress and emotional issues, hormonal imbalances, musculo-skeletal aches and pains, respiratory conditions, and many more.
The many benefits of different kinds of massage have been known worldwide for thousands of years. Happily, therapeutic massage is now an officially recognised complementary therapy in the West.
Clients both well and ill can benefit from massage, which can positively affect people in physical and mental ways. Physical benefits can include muscle relaxation; increased flexibility; relief for tense neck or shoulders; stimulated circulation which can improve skin condition due to increased blood flow; improved digestive and elimination processes; relief from headaches, eye strain, and insomnia. Psychological benefits can include feelings of relaxation and calmness; optimism, hope and rejuvenation; improved concentration and alertness; feeling nurtured and cared for.
Aromatherapy is an ancient art combining the use of essential oils with therapeutic massage. The oils extracted from plants, are very powerful and highly concentrated, and need to be diluted before being used on the skin.
Aromatherapy has an established place in western medical treatment as well as being used as a complementary treatment.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy possess natural healing properties, and when used correctly encourage the body’s natural healing abilities. The combination of these healing properties with the touch and the aroma allow the body and mind to be addressed holistically.
When skillfully blended, by a qualified practitioner, for your specific requirements, essential oils exert a subtle but powerful influence on the mind and body, which offers a gentle way of achieving harmony and balance in your life.
Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist