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Bridge to Health Medical Herbalist speaks at International Dental Forum in London

Written by Julia Milovanova   Posted in:Medical Herbalism   September 4, 2019

Bridge to Health Medical Herbalist Julija Milovanova-Palmer gave a speech at the International Dental Forum that took place on 15-17 July 2019 in London. Julija presented a review titled “Is there a role for herbal medicine in the treatment and management of periodontal disease?” based on her article published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine in June 2018.

Periodontal disease is now recognised as a highly complex pathology that involves the interaction of pathogenic bacteria with the host immune-inflammatory response. The standard treatment protocol relies on the use of antibacterial mouthwashes and systemic antibiotics. However, emerging antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance in oral pathogenic bacteria has sparked increased interest in the potential of medicinal plants to treat periodontal pathologies. The last decade has seen a surge in the number of in vitro and in vivo studies on herbs traditionally used for their anti-bacterial actions. 85% of studies in the literature where herbs were compared with pharmaceutical preparations showed a significant and statistically equivalent impact in controlling pathogenic oral microflora.

During her talk Julija said, “Herbal medicine is essentially a holistic discipline. We treat people as a whole, not just their separate parts”. Oral health does not exist in isolation. The science is now discovering links between oral pathogenic bacteria and systemic inflammatory pathologies such as atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

“Likewise”, Julija added “herbal medicine is about using solely whole plant extracts”.  Most modern pharmaceutical drugs were originally isolated from medicinal plants. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs that rely on one active ingredient, plants have multiple active phytochemicals. The complex phytochemical composition of plants is the key to their therapeutic success and potential that is now being discovered by science.

Julija provides patients at Bridge to Health Ealing with advice on all health issues, including periodontal disease. More and more members of the public are interested in taking a more holistic view of their health.

Contact: Julija Milovanova-Palmer MCPP, MNIMH, MA, BSc (Hons), BA, 07840 085958, juliamilova@gmail.com


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