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How does herbal medicine work?

Herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plants for the prevention and treatment of diseases.

Many Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring chemicals (compounds) that have biological activity.

Herbs on one side work in a similar way to many pharmaceutical preparations, and on the other side, Herbal remedies can help your body to deal with more than one symptom, it is a full support system.

Plants may play an important role in maintaining health, but this does not mean that herbs are always the default treatment.

Herbal medicine is not the method for a person who has broken his hand or to treat the most severe infections that endanger life.

The range of medical treatment methods offered today is an asset! All methods can work together and support each other.

Herbal remedies are especially recommended for chronic or long-term problems or to prevent certain conditions by supporting the body. How does herbal medicine work?

We didn’t discover yet all the pathways and the mechanisms in which herbal medicine is working, but we know the traditional ways to use Herbal Medicine and we rely on our past experience.

There is abundant evidence among herbalists around the world that their drugs do work.

There is also abundant evidence in professional, medical and scientific journals.

Traditional knowledge of Western herbal medicine supports experiential approaches to healing that have evolved over time.

Medicinal plants are complex, adaptive, environmentally interactive systems exhibiting synergy and nonlinear healing causality.

Complex systems science provides the theoretical tenets that explain traditional knowledge of medicinal plants while supporting clinical practice and expanding research and documentation of Western herbal medicine. 1


The NHS recommends to be aware of a few issues if you’re taking, or plan to take any herbal medicines:

  • They may cause problems if you’re taking other medicines. They could result in reduced or enhanced effects of the medicine, including potential side effects. 2

You must check with your doctor  for any adverse effect before taking medication and herbs at the same time. 

  • Not all herbal medicines are regulated. Remedies specially prepared for individuals don’t need a licence, and those manufactured outside the UK may not be subject to regulation. 2

Buy Herbal remedies only from a source that you can trust, make sure they have all the certifications to sell herbs or you can buy from a well-known supplier that you can find in health food stores. 


Herbal remedies can offer a wide range of natural solutions for different health concerns.

I recommend you to explore more about natural remedies, for any questions please send us an email.


Pazit Azoulay

Pazit Azoulay is a certified naturopath based in London, member of the following regulatory bodies: NNA, CNHC and GNC.
Paz By Nature ltd website is a health & wellness blog aimed to provide inspiration, healthy recipes and information about natural remedies.

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