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Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine

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.  In fact, because of this Country’s highly regulated standards, Freda’s locally grown Certified Organic Herbs are a customer’s favourite. Each blend of liquid or encapsulated herbals contains 100% herbs of Certified Organic Australian Herbs – so no fillers are used. This results in some of the highest quality herbs and vitamins that one can find.

Freda Dunn, qualified Herbalist

As an accredited member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA), Freda Dunn is a highly qualified herbalist and Herbal Medicine practitioner. She is accredited in Acupuncture, Remedial and Oriental Remedial Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Diet & Nutrition and has been practicing in the Noosa area for around 25 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.   Her practice is now one of the largest and busiest in Australia.

About herbalism

Herbalism is an ancient medical 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, asthma, common colds, pain and more.

Today, a form of herbalism commonly practiced is called “Chinese Herbal Medicine,” but 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 and many have found success with Herbalism. While some use it entirely on its own as a health care treatment option, others choose to integrate it with modern medicine for specialized treatment plans.

At Freda’s clinic, everyone who is treated receives specialised treatment, as each herb is made on the premises and is individually blended according to the person’s needs.


The first written record of herbalism was found in a list of plants created by the Sumerians. The practice itself, however, dates back to Paleo times, almost 60,000 years ago. The written evidence of this practice also exists in Egyptian tomb illustrations and even jars with traces of herbs. In Greece, we know that by the 4th century B.C., Theophrastus of Eresos had documented using herbs for medical treatment, many of which overlapped with Egyptian practices. In the Huangdi Neijing, a medical text from the early Chinese, 224 herbal remedies are listed.
Modern herbal medicine

Australian Law compels Pharmaceutical companies to use extracts of the herbs so as to regulate these into a ‘standard dosage’. To prepare extracts means that synthetic and potent versions of herbal medicines eventuate, which are not as reliable as those made personally  by a practitioner. Herbs are usually dispensed as a liquid in alcohol but in Freda Dunns Clinic, 100% Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother still in it as used.  Capsules are also made on the premises, which are formed by drying the herb and encapsulating it in powdered form.

Modern medicine is largely derived from herbalism, with virtually everything, including aspirin, having an origin in herbalism. Herbal remedies dispensed at Freda’s practice are 100% natural and catered to specific needs. This means the quality obtained is higher than those on pharmacy shelves, and the product is more reliable and consistent. When combined with special formulations and guidance, the effectiveness of herbal remedies greatly increases.
Freda Dunn, practitioner of herbalism

Freda Dunn is a qualified Herbalist and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, so her theories often lean toward those of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Because the herbs used across the globe are often identical, she uses their unique Latin names for identification, which can otherwise differ among languages. Because of Australia’s strict standards for quality, Freda prefers to use all organic, Australian grown herbs.

Visit Freda Dunn’s Natural Therapies Clinic

Freda is recognised by most Health Funds such as MBF, Australian Health Management, Medibank Private, ARHG health fund group, HCF, HBA, HBA and Manchester Unity, etc. She has spent the last 25 years practicing on the beautiful sunshine coast in Queensland, in the stunning Noosa Hinterland. The practice has become one of the largest and busiest in the country. Her qualifications, along with her vast amount of experience, make her a favourite among those seeking holistic approaches to modern ailments.

Herbal medicine consultations may be booked at Freda Dunn’s Natural Therapy Clinic – contact us today.