Western herbal medicine has a long history of traditional use for health and healing.

What is Western Herbal Medicine?

As well as Western Herbal Medicine’s long history of traditional use there is a growing field of scientific evidence for its effectiveness. Herbs may support wellness and restore health. The Western medical herbalist focuses on the whole person to discover the cause(s) of dis-ease rather than just treating symptoms.

How it works

Herbal medicine may be dispensed in liquid or tablet form. You will additionally be given guidelines regarding your diet and lifestyle where necessary in order to optimise your health in a holistic way.

Most commonly treated conditions

People of all ages may consult a Western medical herbalist for almost anything concerned with their mental, physical or emotional health. You may want a wellness consultation, or help with fertility difficulties, acute cold or flu symptoms, allergies, sleep difficulties, or digestive problems. Furthermore, there may be a long-standing problem such as an inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, or a need for support during treatment for cancer.

What to expect at your first appointment

On your first visit, which lasts around an hour, your practitioner will check your current health as well as your past history. This may include an exploration of your diet, lifestyle, stress and environmental factors, as well as other family members’ health.

Physical examination may include measuring your blood pressure and/or performing or recommending clinical and laboratory functional tests.

How long does it take to treat a condition?

It could take hours, days, weeks or longer. Your practitioner will educate, inform and involve you in your health care in order that you may feel empowered to gain and maintain optimum health.

Our Western Herbal Medicine Practitioners

Western medical herbalists at the Wholistic Medical Centre are also naturopaths and fully accredited members of their professional associations. They are registered with all private health funds that provide rebates for complementary medicines.