herbalism meaning

Herbalism is a medicine made from plants. Either the whole plant or sometimes part of it, for example, leaves or roots. For thousands of years the main source of medicine for 1000s of years. There are two forms of herbal medicine, one which is often known as ‘traditional’ herbal medicine, as opposed to Chinese or Ayurveda herbal medicine.

Herbal therapy has developed through Graeco-Roman, Arabic, European and American cultures. Although there is a foundation of traditional practice modern herbalists will often also include scientific research.

When choosing a herbalist it is likely you have some questions about what to expect. You may have some apprehension if seeking this or in fact, any therapy is new to you.

We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer your questions and concerns surrounding the therapy in order to help you select the right practitioner for you. That is why, on this page, we have included some of the most common questions a person may have before speaking to a herbalist.

What is Herbalism Therapy?

Also referred to as phytotherapy or botanical medicine, is one of the earliest systems of medicine known. It is the practice of making or prescribing plant based herbal remedies for medical conditions. Practitioners of herbalism may be licensed MDs, naturopaths, or osteopaths. They may also be unlicensed. Interested consumers should seek out knowledgeable, and preferably licensed, herbalists.


As specified on the NHS website, herbal medicines are those with active ingredients made from plants. Although natural, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are also ‘safe’ for you to take. This is particularly true if you are already taking other medication as it could have adverse side effects. It is important you speak to your herbalist about your conditions and other medication you take so they do not result in unwanted reactions.

Just like conventional medicines, herbal medicines will have an effect on the body and can be potentially harmful if not used correctly so please do find

They should therefore be used with the same care and respect as conventional medicines.

A discussion between master herbalists

How Much Does A Typical Herbal Medicine Cost?

We have some herbalists practitioners registered in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe, Canada and Asia but costs will vary depending upon the plants and ingredients needed for each medicine. It would be best to contact your herbalist directly and discuss your requirements and they will be able to gauge a better price range.

How Do I Know Which Practioner To Choose?

One of the most important parts of any therapy is the relationship between yourself and the therapist.

When you find the right practitioner that offers you good communication, a partnership, trust, goals and a feeling of genuine understanding then together, over time, you will be able to challenge your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions. Also, sometimes you may be able to find a practitioner with specialities in the area you want to work on whether health, relationships, business or something else.

How Long Does It Take For Herbalism To Have An Effect?

It will really depend upon the reason you are taking herbal medicine. Some people, they report after 2 weeks noticing an improvement in their wellbeing and for others, it can take longer. There are many variables when taking herbal medicine and reasons for using it thus, again, it is best to speak to your herbalist for a better gauge of when you should expect to see results.

What If It Doesn’t Work For Me?

First of all, don’t worry!

If you think herbal medicine is the right therapy, but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion. You will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your situation as best you can. All healers believe you deserve to feel the best you can. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel it is working at all then do not be disheartened. There are many, many different types of therapy and this is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find counselling works better for you or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option there are many routes to healing.

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Please note: This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes. At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thank you