HERBAL MEDICINE

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Herbal medicine cre­ates reme­dies us­ing plants, trees or fungi.

The sci­ence bit

“The sci­en­tific back­ing be­hind herbal medicines is sub­stan­tial. Many drugs we rely on are de­rived from plants and use sim­i­lar molec­u­lar com­pounds,” ex­plains Euan Maclen­nan, Pukka’s herbal direc­tor. He says that in some coun­tries, such as Ger­many, your doc­tor is as likely to pre­scribe a herb as a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drug. One highly rated spice is turmeric.

“This is found to im­prove con­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with in­flam­ma­tion, such as IBS, arthri­tis, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­or­ders and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease,” says Euan, “while other stud­ies have found that chest­nut is a use­ful treat­ment for leg swelling and pain.”

Find out more

Check out the Natur­opaths & Her­bal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia: nhaa.org.au

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