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Herbalists work with plants in many forms as healing agents. Western Herbal Therapies refers to a variety of ancient to recent traditions stemming from Europe and the Americas. It encompasses a wide range - and often a blending of - clinical, holistic, energetic and shamanic approaches. Some Western herbal practices are also influenced by traditional Ayurvedic or Chinese herbal medicine.
Regardless of style, all herbalist have a system to diagnose and then determine the best herbs for your constitution, health condition and convenience. Questioning, visual observation, palpation, tongue and pulse assessment are some of the tools an herbalist might use. The prescribed herbs or herbal formula may then be taken in a form that is most appropriate for you: for instance, as tea, tincture, capsule, powder, syrups, paste, liniment, flower or plant essence, aromatherapy, poultice and/or bath.
The use of herbs is one of the oldest forms of healing with a rich history of safe and effective results. Herbs are gentle yet powerful, able to address many health issues on a physical, metabolic, emotional or spiritual level depending on the herbalist's scope of practice and the specifics of the client's condition. An herbalist can also determine any flags concerning concurrent use of prescribed medicines. Herbs also have the most wonderful ability to serve as strengthening and nourishing tonics that help to restore the body to it's natural vitality.