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Welcome to Phytotherapy

​​Phytotherapy, commonly known as Western Herbalism, is based on the diagnostics and treatment of various diseases using plant substances and extracts




Phytotherapy or professional medical herbalism is synthesis of age old wisdom of traditional use medicinal plants from around the world as well as modern medical biosciences and phytochemistry.

Phytotherapists use whole plants and their extracts for the prevention and treatment of disease as well as the promotion of optimum well-being. Every prescription is tailor made to fit the particular patient. Lifestyle and dietary counselling are also critical to meeting therapeutic goals.

To specialise in Phytotherapy senior students do:

Herbal Pharmacology - Medicinal plants have an effect on body functions because of the various chemical constituents they have. For example the opium poppy has sedative and analgesic effects because it contains alkaloid constituents morphine and papaverine, and the white willow has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects because it contains an aspirin precursor. In herbal pharmacology the constituents of medicinal plants, their biological effects and mechanisms of action are studied.

Materia Medica - deals with the practical understanding of medicinal plants that has been gained over time through traditional use and clinical practice. The student becomes familiar with the various categorisation of medicinal plants according to taste, energetics and systemic affinity.

Clinical Phytotherapy - gives the student an understanding of how various medical conditions are viewed in Phytotherapy as well as how they are addressed.

Herbal Pharmacy - equips the students with practical skills on the compounding of different herbal medicines. Phytotherapists compound and dispense their own medicines from several raw materials. They make mixtures of teas, tinctures, syrups, capsules, creams, salves, ointments, etc. 

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