FAQ & Answers
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1. Phytotherapists prescribe only whole plant extracts
- Nature knows best. Herbal prescriptions use only extractions that enable the full complement of plant constituents to be made available.
2. Which medicine do Phytotherapists prescribe and dispense?
- Phytotherapist treat their patients with the highest quality herbal medicine.
- They use only whole plant extracts in all their formulations, each herb prescribed is compounded to achieve maximum quality and ensure efficacy of each herb used.
3. Which conditions are suitable for Phytotherapy?
- Most conditions respond well to herbal medicine, though Phytotherapists do not treat trauma such as fractures, wounds that require stitching. They do not take blood or give injections.
- Virtually any other conditions, from feeling ‘run down’ to fever, colds and flu, children’s ailments, as well as chronic conditions such as arthritis and autoimmune disease. Hormonal imbalances (PMS, Menopause), infertility, impotence, skin disease (acne, psoriasis, eczema), digestive disease, urinary tract disease and respiratory/lung disease all respond well to Phytotherapy.
- As practitioners of holistic medicine, Phytotherapy is also used to prevent disease, so one may visit a Phytotherapist for assistance with maintenance of health and prevention of disease.
- Under supervision of a Phytotherapist, herbal medicine may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Phytotherapists are specially trained to understand how herbs and drugs interact, patients on chronic medication require this professional attention and will benefit from the formulations dispensed by a Phytotherapist. This ensures that you avoid side effects and drug interactions, and receive the best possible advice and treatment. It is, therefore, recommended that if you are considering trying herbal medication that you first consult a Phytotherapist.
- For herbal medicine to work optimally, it needs to be used holistically in a formulation made specifically for you. The remedies available in health shops or pharmacies are generalised formulations and are aimed at the treatment of symptoms and as such do not address the cause of disease. A Phytotherapist is trained to understand these underlying causes of disease and uses herbal prescriptions tailor-made for you to correct and optimise the body’s natural functioning. Using ‘standardised extracts’ for herbs may cause side effects, especially if you’re on conventional medication. It is, therefore, best to consult a Phytotherapist before using any herbal remedies.
- Legislation has been passed to enable medical aids to cover Phytotherapy. However, it is advisable to check with your individual medical aid scheme before visiting your practitioner. Training received by individuals calling themselves ‘herbalist’ or traditional healers differ from that received by Phytotherapists.