A herbalist is a specialist in herbalism, using herbs (botanical or crude medicine).

Medicine from herbs is the oldest, most used type of medicine. All cultures have their own herbal medicine system. Today's herbalist uses medicinal plants from around the world.

A comprehensive consultation entails:

• person’s detailed case history;

• clear amounts to take instructions;

• dietary and lifestyle advice

• personally and individually prescribed and dispensed herbal medicines;

Symptoms should disappear from 1 hour to a day for acute maladies like the cold or the flu, or 4-6 weeks for chronic complaints. Chronic conditions are particularly amenable to use of herbal medicine for treatment.

Herbal medicine is very safe and effective when following instructions by a qualified herbal practitioner, but there are many contraindications occur synergistically when used in conjunction with other medications.

• alfalfa if using warfarin

• anise if taking iron or iron products

• bilberry if taking medications to lower blood sugar

• burdock root If using insulin or oral medications to lower blood sugar

• chamomile If taking blood-thinning medications like warfarin, heparin

and the list goes on and on SO check out your (adverse) health conditions against the herb you are contemplating to use.

Summing Up …Herbal medicine is very safe and effective when prescribed by a fully qualified herbal practitioner but can be a problem when the source is unknown.

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