Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is one of the first medicines mankind used. Our ancestors used the natural plants that grew around them, and learnt incredible ways to help them heal and stay well in everyday life. Over the years herbal medicine has increased and decreased in popularity and much of what our ancestors used herbs for and how they used them has been lost, but still some traditions remain. Today the landscape of herbal medicine is changing significantly. Modern herbalists have an increasing volume of evidence-based research available to them and the need for evidence-based practice methods is vital in this age of modern medicine. New research on traditional herbs is changing the way herbalists use some herbal medicines. For example, Ginkgo biloba is a traditional Chinese herb with a long history of using the ginkgo nuts, but modern research has discovered that the Ginkgo leaf has a significant number of medicinal properties, one of which makes it a key herb for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Another aspect of modern herbal practice that cannot be ignored is the issue of quality. Not all herbal medicines deliver the same therapeutic value. Research has shined the light on how important quality manufacturing processes are, as well as growing practices and correct identification of medicinal plant species. These are all absolutely vital for safety but also for gaining the results of improved health.
Different methods of using herbal medicines ie liquid formulations, tablets, capsules, dried herbal teas, creams, etc all deliver a different therapeutic outcome. The use of a capsule will not necessarily be as strong as the use of a liquid formulation.

Zest Natural Health is an evidence-based natural health practice. The herbal medicines used are Mediherb herbal medicines. Mediherb is considered around the world to be the gold standard in herbal medicine products for use by practitioners of herbal medicine only. Where possible, the herbs are sourced from New Zealand and Australia. You will not find these products available in standard retail health outlets. If you wish to know more about Mediherb’s quality standards with herbal medicines log on to www.mediherb.com.au