Long before we were able to visit the nearest walk-in clinic, our ancestors were using ancient plant remedies for almost every ailment. This “Herbalism,” is now a form of alternative medicine that includes everything from plants, bee products and minerals to certain types of fungus. These practices are now thought to have begun as far back as 60,000 years ago. Written evidence of Herbalism is documented as long ago as 5,000 years. The ancient Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Chinese all relied heavily on herbs for survival, and many continue to use it today. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that in some of these areas, 80% of the population considers it their primary form of health care.
Views on Herbalism differ greatly among cultures. For example, in Germany, modern prescription medications and herbal teas are sold in the same apothecaries as they are viewed as complements to each other. In the United States, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health funds do Trials on a clinical level for these herbal remedies, and they regularly produce fact sheets that represent their findings.
Herbalism usually involves taking Liquid Extracts, Capsules, Tablets or Teas/ juices infused with the herbs. In addition to consumption, some herbal benefits may be found with topical applications or even aromatherapy. Freda’s naturally grown Organic Herbs are a customer’s favourite. Each blend of liquid or encapsulated herbals contains 100% Organic Australian Herbs – so no fillers are used. This results in high quality herbs and vitamins.
Freda Dunn, qualified Western Herbalist
As an accredited member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA), Freda Dunn is a qualified Western Herbalist and Herbal Medicine practitioner. She is accredited in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Diet & Nutrition and has been practicing in the Noosa area for around 30 years.
Throughout this time, she served ANTA as National President, National Vice President, Ethical Assessment Panel Chair, Treasurer, Chair National Acupuncture Branch, Accreditation Committee Member, Health Fund Chair, Constitution and Policy Chair and CPE Chair. In the early 1990s, Freda, along with other committee members, was involved in Australia’s development of standards for Natural Medicine Colleges in this country. She is a Doctor of Acupuncture, a Fellow Practitioner and Life Member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association. Herbalism is an ancient practice that uses plants for healing purposes or studies the effects of such plants on the body. Used in most ancient cultures, this practice has remained popular for over 60,000 years, evolving into the alternative medicine practice it is today. Herbal treatments can be used for ailments such as chronic and acute illnesses, common colds, pain and more.
Today the practice of Herbalism often shares many commonalities among many other cultures. For example, many cultures use the same plants for the same remedies, but they have different local names, which is why a Herbalist has to be familiar with the LATIN name – which is used world-wide over many countries.
Due to modern medicines recent overuse of antibiotics, steroids and other drugs, many people have gravitated towards trying more natural methods such as Herbalism. While some use it entirely on its own as a health care treatment option, others choose to integrate it with modern medicine.
At Freda’s clinic, everyone who is treated receives individual treatment, as each herb is made on the premises and is individually blended according to the person’s needs.