There are many different forms of herbalism. I have extensive education and training using Chinese Herbal Medicine.
The fact that plants are a major source of many drugs is not a surprise to most. Penicillin comes from mold, aspirin from the bark of the white willow, and Vincristine, one of most effective cancer drugs is also plant-derived (from periwinkle).
Herbal formulas are used effectively to treat a full range of medicinal diseases, including: respiratory, digestive, urinary, gynecological, pediatric, as well as dermotology, speeding healing, and strengthening the immune system.
Every single herb has its own characteristics and effects. Combining different herbs helps to increase their potency and minimize any unwanted consequences.
Specifically prescribed to each individual’s personal needs Chinese herbal medicines’ strength is in its ability to treat the root of the disorder and allows for a profound impact on health with minimal (if any) side effects.
Modern techniques make Herbal Medicine more convenient.
Herbs are processed into granular form. Patients can simply dissolve granules into hot water and drink it as a tea.
Because herbs are typically prescribed in combination the different ingredients of a formula balance each other, undergoing a mutual synergy which increases their efficacy and enhances safety. This approach seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone.