The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time.
Interest in herbalism increased over the last 10 years. There is growing support in Britain and throughout the world for ecological matters and natural remedies for minor complaints and ailments, and now many high street chemists have special herbal and health food sections in their stores. International scientific research not only confirms the healing powers of herbs, but also enlarges herbalists knowledge of new ones.
Herbalists state that their medicines benefit most people suffering from most kinds of illnesses. In some cases were plant medicines alone will not effect a cure, patients may be advised to undergo another therapy, such as chiropractic and osteopathy.
At the initial consultation, a herbalist will ask the patient about his medical history, eating habits, exercise he takes, if he feels under stress and his present state of health. Finally, the herbalist will prescribe a suitable treatment, which may take the form of a herbal lotion, cream or ointment. Like orthodox medicine, herbalists will treat just the symptoms.