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What is Herbal Medicine?

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by | 4 views

Healing Herbs

Herbs can have very strong, medicinal effects in the body, and can often be used in place of prescription drugs. They can be used as antibiotics, pain relievers, sleep aids, digestive stimulants… there is an herb for almost any complaint, be it physical, mental, even spiritual and emotional.

Herbs for Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum

Herbs can play an especially helpful role in the treatment of fertility issues. Some act directly on the lining of the uterus, on circulation, balancing hormones, or even on regulating the immune system to help prevent miscarriage. During pregnancy, herbs can help with many discomforts and issues, and after pregnancy, they can assist with regulating the milk supply, recovery from birth, and the overall health of mother and baby. A skilled practitioner can diagnose what must be addressed in order to assist in a healthy conception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience, and can prescribe the right herb or herbs for the job.

Some herbs have the potential to be harmful if not used properly or under the direction of a trained practitioner. They can cause side effects on their own and interact with prescription or over-the-counter medicines. The use of certain herbs is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consider using more potent medicinal herbs without advice from an expert herbalist.

Herbalists Who Can Help

Several different types of practitioners are qualified to recommend the use of herbs. Experience can vary, so do some research or ask questions to find out how experienced a practitioner is when it comes to the use of herbs for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and with babies. Herbalists, Naturopaths, and some Holistic Health Practitioners, Nutritionists and Acupuncturists have training in the use of medicinal herbs.

To find a qualified Herbalist or one of the practitioners mentioned above, visit our Directory.

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