About Western Herbal Medicine
Western Herbal Medicine is a form of traditional healthcare using plant-based medicines and derives from 5000 year-old European as well as more recent North American traditions. Western Medical Herbalists today have a university Bachelor of Science degree which combines orthodox medical training such as physiology, anatomy, pathology, and clinic diagnostic techniques and treatment principles, but use plant-based medicines for treatment and management of conditions. They are trained with highest professional standards and apply current scientific research and understanding as well as clinical and empirical evidence to support the efficacy of their treatments.
The primary philosophy behind Herbal Medicine is to help the body heal itself and find a better way of functioning by stimulating, strengthening, regulating or balancing the body’s normal functions. Unlike orthodox medicines which usually contain only one active ingredient and generally “attacks” the illness or treats the symptoms, plant medicines contain many active principles and therefore have many simultaneous and synergistic therapeutic actions in the body.
Medical Herbalists will approach each patient as a unique individual when making a diagnosis or assessing his or her needs instead of focusing on their condition and will aim to find and treat the underlying cause, when possible.
Endobiogenic Medicine is an integrative approach to medicine that centres on the role of the nervous and endocrine systems as the primary “managers” of complex body functions and bases treatment primarily on the use of herbal medicines.
It is a theory of “terrain” that assesses how the internal (endo-) life (bio-) of the body is generated and sustained (-geny). It is a systemic approach to understanding how the body works, why an individual becomes ill, and how the body can be returned to a state of optimised health. The endobiogenic concept was conceived and developed by French doctors Christian Duraffourd, MD, and Jean-Claude Lapraz, MD.
Endobiogeny is based on modern physiology but where it differs from the standard biomedical approach is in its understanding of the body as an interrelated system, which is “managed” primarily by the endocrine and nervous systems. As a systemic approach looking at the interrelated and interdependent nature of physiology, it requires an integrated approach to history, assessment and treatment.