Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine refers to using a plant’s seeds, roots, leaves, bark or flowers for medicinal purposes

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history.

In the early 19th century when chemical analysis first became available, Scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds and over time the use of herbal medicines declined in favour of drugs. Almost one quarter of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.

How do herbs work?

In many cases scientists aren’t sure what specific ingredients in a particular herb works to treat a condition or illness.
Whole herbs contain many ingredients and they may work together to produce a beneficial effect.

Commonly used herbal supplements include:

  • Echinacea (can help improve the immune system)
  • Garlic (respiratory conditions)
  • Valerian (anxiety)
  • Milk thistle (liver complaints)
  • Slippery elm (digestive upsets)

Herbal supplements are a safe and gentle alternative therapy or can be used alongside conventional treatment.


What time Glenbrae opens?


Monday 8.30-8pm
Tuesday - Friday 8.30-7pm
Saturday 8.30-4.30pm


Monday - Friday 8.30-6.30pm
Saturday - 9am-12.30pm



Monday - Friday 8.30-6.30pm
Saturday - 9am-12.30pm

At Bearsden
49 - 53 Stockiemuir
Ave Bearsden, Glasgow.
G61 3JJ

0141 942 7070


At Dumbarton
18 Station
Road, Dumbarton

01389 765 555


At Muirhead
5 - 7 Station Road, Glasgow
G69 9EF

0141 465 8800


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