Medical herbalists take advantage of nature’s gift by using plants and herbs whose traditional uses are supported by modern scientific research and clinical trials.
The letters NIMH after the herbalist’s name indicate that he/she is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. NIMH membership is granted after a rigorous three to four year training period. Only then is the qualified herbalist permitted to include MNIMH after his or her name. A qualified medical herbalist has studied both orthodox and plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a G.P (general practitioner).
However, herbalists take a holistic (whole person) approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of the disease rather than merely its symptoms. They are able to prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and GPs often refer patients to a herbalist for treatment.
Herbal medicine is suitable for people of any age. Children, in particular respond especially well to the gentle and natural actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual, as a medical herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.
How herbal medicine assists the immune system
To understand how to boost your immunity, it is necessary to first understand what is at the root of disease and ill health. In relation to immunity, the skin is considered the first line of defence; if it is damaged or weakened, your immunity comes under attack.
A herbalist will check a patient’s temperature, and examine the colour, texture and condition of their skin to determine the progress of a disease. In addition to its own nerve and blood supply, the skin contains sweat and oil glands which act as temperature regulators. This provides medical herbalists with good markers as to the progression of a disease.