What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is a traditional treatment that is made from plants. It has been used for thousands of years all over the world. Herbalists and naturopaths use these therapeutic medicines to improve health and treat illness. There is extensive scientific research to validate the traditional uses of herbs and to understand how they work. It can be difficult to prescribe herbs as they may contain hundreds of different constituents, unlike a single synthetic drug.

How is herbal medicine made?

Herbal medicine, which herbalists and naturopaths use, comes in a liquid form. Liquid extracts are made from dry/fresh plants, ethanol, and water. Ethanol can dissolve active constituents from plants, and it is a natural preservative. Liquid herbal extracts don’t contain any other additives, fillers, or flavours, unlike most tablets or capsules. The active constituents are proven by herbal medicine companies from independent laboratories. In Australia, therapeutic herbal medicines are strictly regulated and audited by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. The practitioners blend herbal medicines into a unique formula to meet your needs and conditions.

Is herbal medicine safe for kids?

Herbal medicine is safe and effective when administered by a qualified practitioner who undertakes comprehensive training to gain accreditation with a registered association. Practitioners measure the individual dosage to meet clients’ weight and condition.  It is important to follow the qualified practitioners’ instructions. If you have any questions, please ask your practitioner to clarify. If you are concerned about alcohol extracts for young children, glycerate, which is based on food-grade glycerine, is also available.



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