We all want our children to grow up strong and healthy however from time to time they may have health issues. Children have special needs and nature abounds in special plants that can tackle these needs. The healing capacity of children can be quite incredible and children respond very well to, what is often only needed, a gentle herbal helping hand rather than the stronger effects necessary for adults. Herbal medicine works gently and supportively for a whole range of childhood illnesses. The selected remedies have a tonic action at the heart of the herbal prescriptions for children.

A key issue must be taken into account for children – TASTE. If they don’t like the medicine they won’t take it, and medicinal plants only work if they are actually taken! The most non-invasive way is taken whenever possible so as not to stress the child or even the parent!

It has been noted throughout the years of clinical practice, that if conditions can be brought under control and managed during childhood, they can often be avoided entirely in adult life. A few examples include conditions such as asthma and eczema, both of which can start at a very early age and become an ongoing theme throughout life. If treated successfully with herbs there is rarely a continuation of the disease into adulthood. Herbal medicine is now receiving more attention in Europe. A great example of this is in the recent clinical trial conducted at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London examined herbs and the treatment of atopic eczema.1. Dermatologists at the hospital began see that some of their patients who went to a local herbalist where achieving dramatic results. They conducted a controlled double-blind study and the result showed dramatic reductions in both the extent and severity of eczema. In fact, the results were better than would have been expected using steroids, and were achieved with no toxicity to the liver or kidney.
 
A Note for Parents/Guardians
You can be assured that herbal prescriptions are always given in safe dosages. Herbal remedies include a wide range of plants used for medicine and nutrition. You will find a safe space to ask any questions and discuss the best treatment plan for the child.
Western Herbalists are trained to look beyond and beneath the obvious, to find the root cause of a problem, helping the body to correct imbalances and heal itself; also to keep children healthy, and speed their recovery from childhood ailments.

HERBAL MEDICINE’S APPROACH TO TREATING CHILDHOOD ILLNESS

Colic
Colic is very common and there are plenty of various herbs and approaches to help ease it. For example fennel, dill, or chamomile tea can be drunk by a lactating mother which can soothe baby’s colic and induce relaxing sleep or even an oil can be massaged into the baby’s tummy lightly with anti-spasmodic herbs. Please click on this link to find out more – Herbal medicine’s approach to Ease Colic

Respiratory System Problems
Through the respiratory system consists of the nose, treat, larynx, trachea, bronchi and the lungs. It is a complex system as it helps to take oxygen into the bloodstream via the circulatory system. Oxygen is the vital ingredient for the metabolism of every cell in the body. The origin of respiratory problems may be due to the respiratory system itself as it is vulnerable to airborne irritants and infections from viruses, bacteria and other microbes via the mouth and nose. However, respiratory problems can also be in conjunction with other elimination pathways of waste products such as the bowels, skin and urinary systems as their can be an overload of toxins in the body, meaning extra work for the respiratory system and therefore, creating problems.
For general information on a herbal approach to treating various conditions concerning the Upper Respiratory system click the link here –
For general information on a herbal approach to treating various conditions concerning the Lower Respiratory system click the link here –

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