Western Herbal Medicine

Casey Natural Health Care, provides one-on-one consultations (available in person, by phone or by Skype) with an experienced Medical Herbalist, Lorraine Pratley (founder).

Western Herbal Medicine

Natural medicine can treat or improve a wide range of health issues, such as digestive disorders, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, hay fever, allergies, and more. It can also help with physical and neurological development.

Herbs achieve these goals by working with the body’s natural biochemistry, rather than against it. Because of this, they also avoid many of

the uncomfortable, and sometimes debilitating, side effects of modern pharmaceuticals.

To begin your health journey, contact Lorraine now. Most private health funds give rebates for western herbal medicine. Or, keep reading for more information.

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is a form of natural medicine that has been practiced by humans all over the world for thousands of years. Because of this, it is easy to determine which herbs to use for what ailment, and how to use them safely. Unlike most practices in modern medicine, herbal medicine practitioners aim to heal the root cause of health problems, rather than addressing symptoms alone.

Herbal medicine has many different styles and approaches, which tie into the history of the place and peoples where it developed; the ecology of where those practicing it lived, and how their medicines interacted with their bodies, etc.

A Deeper Look at Western Herbal Medicine

Western herbal medicine is a branch of this global tree—one which is strongly connected with European practices, and overlapping with Asian variations such as Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.

Prescription medications are sometimes necessary, but they generally don’t harness our body’s own ability to heal, given the right support. Many people have now come to understand that drugs are being used in place of safer healing modalities. Modern medicine (pharmaceutical drugs, surgery and hospital stays) have now been identified as the third leading cause of death in Western countries. This is mainly due to the high-risk nature of modern medical intervention.

On the other hand, herbal treatment is overwhelmingly safe, especially when prescribed by a trained professional such as Lorraine. Herbs do not force the body against its own biochemical laws, rather they bring your biochemistry into balance in sophisticated yet gentle ways.

There is now extensive modern scientific research demonstrating the therapeutic value of herbs, which often work as well as pharmaceutical drugs, but without the uncomfortable, and sometimes debilitating, side effects.

How Casey Natural Health Care uses Western Herbal Medicine

Lorraine prescribes herbs in the form of concentrated liquids, tablets or dried for making tea (according to patient’s preferences), as well as topically in the form of face and body oils—which are simple and sensual to use, and contain no petrochemical or synthetic ingredients.

Where herbal medicine differs from naturopathy is that herbal medicine is one approach or treatment for a patient’s problems, whereas naturopathy includes nutraceuticals. Though a Medical Herbalist, Lorraine also aims to treat her patients holistically, which is why she uses a nutritional approach in her dietary therapy and assessment, alongside herbs.

You can read more about herbal medicine and naturopathy both at the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia’s website (Lorraine’s professional association).

Want to learn more?

Contact Casey Natural Health Care via the form below and Lorraine will get back to you shortly!

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