How a Herbal Therapist Works

Most herbal therapists (sometimes called herbalists- but not all herbalists treat clients medically) believe that the body acts in unison with the psyche (spirit) and emotions to maintain the equilibrium necessary for overall health and well-being.

With this holistic approach herbal therapists use their knowledge of plant properties to rebalance a client’s life energy levels so that his or her body heals itself.Generally speaking conventional medicine takes the view that the mind and the body are separate entities, If there is illness or disease in the body, the symptoms and the affected part are treated in isolation. For example, an allergic reaction might be treated with antihistamines by a conventional doctor, while a therapeutic physician would look for the root of the problem, and address that. Every therapeutic herbalist acknowledges that there is a role for surgical procedures and drugs in some situations. The advances of modern medicine can complement medical herbalism, and vice versa.Visiting a Herbal TherapistThe first session with your herbalist is for gathering information. You can expect to discussyour current complaint – your symptoms, the length of time you have been suffering, and what medical care you have receivedyour medical history – every illness or injury that you can remember is importantyour lifestyle – every aspect of your lifestyle is also important – how much stress you are under, how you sleep and when, and what you eat and drink; a herbal­ist will often offer advice on diet and exercise alongside treatment for your illness, so it is important that you tell him or her as much as you can about yourselfyour emotional state ­some illnesses are exacer­bated by emotional trauma or upset, so your emotional health will also be relevantyour work and any occupational or environmental hazards that might be affecting your health.Any physical examination during the visit is similar to that carried out by your family physician. During the first session, it i’s likely that most of the following will be doneyour blood pressure measuredyour eyes and ears examinedyour heart or chest listened to by stethoscopepalpation by hand of an area where the tone of the organs or muscles is in questionblood or urine samples may occasionally be required.An initial consultation lasts about one hour. Once the picture is clear and a diagnosis is made, the therapist prescribes one or a combination of several remedies tailored to suit the client and may advise on whia foods to avoid or to favor in order to aid recovery. The most common forms of remedy include tinetures, capsules or lozenges, ointments, and creams. Many herbal therapists are happy to work together with the client’s local physician, especially when the client is already receiving conventional medical treatment.