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