Why use herbal medicine during pregnancy?
Herbal medicine excels at gently assisting the body to return to a healthy state and also helps to prevent larger problems. That said, herbal medicine need only be used as necessary and where diet and lifestyle aren’t enough to correct an imbalance.
What issues can herbal medicine address during pregnancy?
Not only can herbal medicine treat everyday concerns such as colds and flus, digestive upset, and the kind of things that everyone deals with at some point, it can also address and/or prevent issues such as:
- Varicose veins
- Nausea (morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum)
- Anxiety & stress
- Threatened miscarriage
- Thyroid wobbles
- Gestational diabetes
- Group B Strep infection
- Preparing for labour
- Post labour healing
- Breastfeeding challenges
- Cradle cap,
- And more...
Is herbal medicine safe?
A trained herbalist draws on a long historical record and thousands of years of use, and we’re now assisted by modern research to help us choose appropriate herbs for each unique situation. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we can choose herbs that suit your constitution and look at more than just the symptom in front of us to craft your medicine.
Herbs are essentially foods after all. We cook with them everyday. Many kitchen herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy at larger doses, but “cooking” amounts are generally fine. And with herbs that have a long history of use and research backing their safety, we can safely use these natural medicines.
We also have a variety of ways we can use herbal medicine. A few examples:
- internally as teas, capsules, tinctures (when required)
- externally as creams, salves, steams, bath teas
Herbs come from reputable suppliers or are locally harvested.