What is Botanical Medicine?
Botanical medicine is a form of medicine that has been in use for thousands of years in cultures all over the world. Thousands of plants have been studied and used for their active healing properties. Overtime, several of these plant properties have been used to develop many of the conventional pharmaceutical drugs in use today. For example, the well-known non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Aspirin comes from the willow bark tree. Another key example is the anti-malarial drug quinine, which comes from the bark of the cinchona tree.
The use of botanicals is a wonderful example of how naturopathic doctors exemplify the healing power of nature. Naturopathic doctors receive extensive education and training on the safe use of herbs to effectively treat various medical conditions. Naturopathic doctors have an in-depth understanding of not only plant-plant interactions, but drug-plant interactions as well. The safety of our patients is always a priority and we keep this at the forefront when recommending any botanical.
Conditions that Benefit from Botanical Medicine:
- Mental health conditions (anxiety, depression)
- Hormone imbalances (PMS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Infertility)
- High blood pressure
- Digestive disorders (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Autoimmune disease (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis)
Delivery Forms of Botanical Medicines?
- Solid extracts
- Essential Oils