What is Botanical Medicine?

Botanical medicine, also known as herbal medicine, is the use of medicinal plant substances for healing various conditions. Numerous traditional indigenous plants have been used for thousands of years as medicine.  The earliest written record of the study of herbs dates back more than 5,000 years ago. The flowers, roots, leaves, or oils of a plant can be used depending on the plant and can be prescribed as a tea, tincture, supplement, ointment, cream, or essential oil.

Tincture, known as the liquid form,  is the strongest and quickest acting in  botanical medicine.  High proof alcohol which then is diluted with distilled water is used to extract the active ingredients out of the plant source.  Tincture shelf life is longer as the alcohol acts asa preservative.  The next strongest form of herbal medicine is in supplement form where manufacturers have tried to standardize the medicinal active ingredient though dried freezing processes or cold water extractions.  Herbal teas are a weaker form and can also be effective, however, they work more gently on the body.

Before taking any herbal medicine it is important to seek medical advice and then take your herbal medicine as prescribed.  Herbal medicines have the potential to cause side effects, drug interactions, or other unwanted symptoms.

What are the benefits?

  • very effective

  • can be an alternative therapy to replace certain pharmaceutical medications and correct disease, however best done under the care of naturopathic doctor

  • synergictic healing processes

How long is a course of treatment?

The course of treatment with vary depending on what type of condition is being treated.  For example, a short course of herbal medicine would be used to treat a cold, flu or sinus infection.  Longer treatment therapy would be required for cardiovascular, kidney stones, fertility or menopause.  Treatment is best when recommended and supervised by a naturopathic doctor.