Whats the idea?

Whats the idea?

What`s the idea behind herbal medicine:

Before GPs and pharmacists (and the NHS)- Herbal medicine was relied upon to promote health, treat illness and maintain energy. By researching the traditions of all cultures  we discover the important relationship humans have had with plants for medicne . Plants contain the building blocks for healthy life, and because of this we use them in this natural form of healthcare. They are available to everyone. 

If used appropriately herbs can be used to maintain health. They are used to restore the balance after an illness has weakened the body`s natural defences. Or once the stress and pace of today`s world has taken its toll.

In an ideal world, after an illness you would have the time to recover by convalescing.This would allow time for the body to heal itself and build energy reserves. However due to the hectic lifestyles we lead,  not many of us have this luxurious option. Herbal medicine along with a healthy lifestyle can be  used to help with the healing process. This in turn will reduce the stress we may encounter from further illnesss.

“The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it”
Maimonides 1135–1204

Herbal medicine vs pharmaceuticals

Many pharmaceutical drugs contain phytochemicals (chemicals found in plants) e.g: morphine from poppies Papaver somniferum, digoxin from foxglove Digitalis purpurea and colchicine from the autumn crocus Colchicum autumnale.

These chemicals, and many others, are extracted from the plants and used in the laboratories of pharmaceutical companies to create drugs and medicines. Herbalists believe that the whole plant, as well as the active ingredient, has a role to play in promoting overall health and wellbeing. There will always be a place for pharmaceutical medicines, but they need to be used judiciously and with caution. Herbalists believe that a more integrated approach to healthcare needs to be taken. Although herbal medicines are natural, they are still powerful medicines and need to be used appropriately and treated with respect. It is important that patients do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, but seek professional advice from a qualified herbalist or GP.

What can be treated by Herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is suitable for adults and children alike. In general, chronic (longterm) conditions respond well to individually designed prescriptions. Herbal medicine may also be appropriate for addressing some of the side effects experienced with prescription drugs. The herbs which are used will be chosen carefully to ensure that there are no adverse reactions with prescription drugs.  Please note that patients will never be advised to stop medication without their prescribing doctor’s consent.

Common complaints presented to herbalists

Hormonal imbalance,
Digestive disorders,
Circulatory conditions,
Skin conditions & Allergies,
Sleep disorders,
Anxiety & Depression,
Aches & Pains,
and many more…



Boundary Herbs
Boundary HerbsWednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 7:21pm
enough said....
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Boundary HerbsTuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 11:20am
New blog post! Why I run around like a headless chicken at Christmas time...

Please somebody tell me that you do the same thing and for the same reason?!

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Boundary HerbsTuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 2:55pm
Here’s the quickest, cheapest and best #coughsyrup ever. You just need to layer slices of onion with sugar in a clean jar, leave it somewhere warm for a few hours before straining it. Then bottle it, label it and stick it in the fridge. Voila! Home made #onion syrup ready for action. Add fresh horseradish, ginger or a bit of chilli if you like it a bit more pokey.
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Boundary HerbsWednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 7:08pm
Withania somnifera is indigenous to South Africa as well as the Indian subcontinent. It is an adaptogenic and anabolic tonic particularly useful for men
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Boundary HerbsWednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 7:07pm
There are many herbs that we can use for acne (full name acne vulgaris) in herbal medicine, and one prescription may not be the same as the next one. But one herb that is very commonly used is barberry (Berberis vulgaris). Barberry is a thorny, evergreen shrub with a bright yellow flower in the spring and red berries in late summer to autumn. We usually use the bark, and sometimes the root, in tincture form. Apart from it being anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, one of the reasons we use barberry (and other related herbs) for acne is because it is "antilipogenic". In plain English, this means that it helps stop the sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin from producing so much oil - one of the causes of acne. This clinical trial found it to be effective in a group of teenagers with acne - with no side effects reported. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23038982
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Boundary HerbsThursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 5:59pm
Wow, this is quite something! If you CAN then how about trying out herbal medicine? Book a consultation with a qualified herbalist, such as myself - and see if we can manage those symptoms without the use of PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitors - not Payment Protection Insurance!)