Western Herbal Medicine Eligibility

Health Funds

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Western Herbal Medicine - Nov 2016

Definition of Treatment

           Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. Herbal medicines act on the human physiology to influence bodily activity, enhance or inhibit organ function, and are prescribed with the aim of correcting imbalances and resolving patterns of dysfunction. For example, bitter substances found in certain herbs stimulate the production and release of digestive juices, thereby improving digestive function. Herbalists generally use whole plant extracts containing multiple constituents on the basis that these ingredients collectively reduce the side effects of any individual constituent and provide synergistic actions as well. Using several herbs together likewise achieves synergistic activity, enhanced efficacy, and reduced toxicity. Herbal Medicine supports holistic treatment, so prevention of disease is as important as the treatment of acute or chronic disease.
The assessment must include the development of a specific treatment plan as to the best course of treatment for the patient’s condition/injury. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes. These notes must be consistent with the ATMS Code of Conduct, the Unregistered Health Practitioner Act and the additional requirements set by the health funds.