Looking for herbal medicine in London? Zen Maitri’s Natural Health Apothecary is your first port of call. In this guide to all things herbal medicine, we’ll cover the role of medical herbalists, suggest where to find great herbal products, and discover what health concerns herbal medicine can help you with.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicines are made up of active ingredients made from plants, including leaves, roots and flowers. Herbs can be taken in many forms. They can be ground and blended into supplement powders, combined to make delicious herbal teas or extracted to form tinctures.
Nature has been the basis for effective medical treatments throughout history. Some herbs, such as Andrographis, have been proven over thousands of years to be effective at fighting respiratory infections. The NHS is now exploring whether it should be prescribed, in some cases, instead of antibiotics.
What is a Medical Herbalist?
Medical herbalists are experts in herbal medicine. Medical Herbalists create remedies from plants whose traditional uses are often backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials.
A Medical Herbalist will have a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine. They will have studied elements of conventional medicine alongside plant-based medicine, and are trained to a high level of diagnostic standards.
Medical Herbalists look at health from a holistic perspective. They aim to treat the underlying cause of disease, not just the symptoms, taking the individual into account. They can prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments.
Zen Maitri’s team of medical herbalists are based in Chiswick, West London. It includes members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).
Where Can I Get Herbal Medicine?
Just like conventional drugs and pharmaceuticals, herbs and herbal medicine can have side effects and must be prescribed carefully. Because of that, it’s important to get your herbal medicine - particularly bespoke teas, tinctures, and powders - from a qualified and experienced professional. It’s also important that your herbal medicine is made only from high-quality ingredients.
You can get personalised herbal medicine from our store in Chiswick, West London. You can also browse our range of herbal supplements, teas, oils, creams, tinctures and more here. Or, arrange a consultation with one of our medical herbalists.
When Should I See a Medical Herbalist?
Choosing when to see a medical herbalist doesn’t have to be a decision similar to choosing when to see your local GP. That’s because much of the positive impacts herbal medicine can provide is preventative. For example, our team can provide natural supplements that support your immunity and reduce the likelihood of you becoming ill in the first place.
So in short, you should see a medical herbalist at any time, whether you are struggling with a health concern, or whether you just want some pointers on how you can live better, today.
There’s a whole world of herbs with different medicinal properties, which medical herbalists are trained to use. Herbs are both gentle and effective for helping with a variety of ailments including immunity issues, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, problems related to joints and much more.
For example, it’s well established that turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, that peppermint is great for supporting digestion, and that cinnamon can help with the management of blood sugar.
At Zen Maitri, we acknowledge the importance of conventional medicine. We see herbal medicine as a way to complement and enhance conventional treatments, not a way to replace them.
What Can Herbal Medicine Help Me With?
We provide herbal medicine in the form of teas, powders, creams, and tinctures for all sorts of health concerns. These range from fatigue and low mood to trouble sleeping, stress, skin conditions, joint problems, and more. You’d be surprised at how powerful and all-encompassing nature can be.
As part of our holistic approach to health, our team also provides consultations that look at your health and wellbeing from all angles. From there, they can devise bespoke herbal medicine that’s tailored to your constitution and concerns.
Where in London Can I Find Bespoke Herbal Medicine?
There are several established herbal medicine specialists in London. They tend to work individually. We might be a little biased, but we believe our team approach is the most well-rounded and the best option if you’re new to herbal medicine. Our team has specialisms ranging from Ayurveda and hormone imbalances to skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
So, in short, Zen Maitri offers the best herbal medicine services in London. And that’s before you get into our holistic approach to health - which also includes nutrition and meditation services!
What You Need to Know About Herbal Medicine at Zen Maitri
Zen Maitri’s approach to herbal medicine is based on these key principles:
- We make grounded claims based upon scientific evidence and a wealth of experience
- We are committed to working only with highly qualified practitioners
- We want to be at the heart of the safe prescribing of herbal remedies to the community
- We respect conventional medicine and work hand in hand with it
- We take a holistic and personalised approach to health and wellness
Our herbalists are fully qualified in Western Herbal Medicine, allowing them to safely prescribe remedies to those who may be on other medication. Our team has developed a range of functional products over the last 30 years to address all sorts of health concerns.
The body of scientific work confirming the efficacy of herbs that have been staples in traditional systems of health is growing all the time. We are living at a time in which herbal medicine has the potential to empower individuals to take control of their health and improve the wellbeing of our communities.
One of our ambitions is to share the knowledge of herbal medicine to the highest possible standards with our community and introduce it to the mainstream.
Interested in learning how herbal medicine can help you? Arrange a consultation with our London team today or visit us at our Chiswick store.