What is Botanical Medicine?
Botanical medicine, also known as herbal medicine, is one of the most vital and powerful modalities used at Vitality Natural Health Care. Botanical medicine involves the use of plants as liquid extracts (tinctures), capsules, powders, teas and poultices to restore the body back to balance. Plants have been used as medicine for thousands of years, being the foundation of traditional medicine across the world. In fact, plants have been uncovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, and written about in historical texts dating as far back as 2800 B.C.
Using plants as a form of therapy allows the practitioner to help the body heal in a more comprehensive and natural way, thus plants have an affinity to treat the entire person. Plants come from nature and work with the body’s natural rhythms to promote wellness and stimulate healing. This is the exact opposite of our drug-based standard medicine, which seeks to suppress symptoms with drugs, working through just one specific biochemical pathway. Botanical medicines are also, in general, much safer to use, when prescribed appropriately. They work well when combined with other therapies to achieved desired health goals.
Botanical Medicine can be used to treat both acute and chronic diseases. There are plants for every part of the body and mind, either given singly or in more involved formulas to best cure the condition needing treatment. Botanical Medicine is commonly used in Naturopathic Medicine to fight infections, support the immune system, reduce pain and inflammation, tone and heal body organs, achieve hormone balancing, provide body detox, increase energy, and induce relaxation and sleep. Some of the most commonly prescribed herbs include chamomile, valeriana, ginger, echinecea, goldenseal and milk thistle to name a few. At Vitality Natural Health Care herbal remedies are used to treat everything from ear infections and strep throat to headaches, seasonal allergies, menstrual irregularities, insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, acid reflux, constipation, and many other medical conditions. Often times, Botanical Medicine can be used instead of a prescription medication to treat patients. Commonly, patients that are already on prescription medications can use Botanical Medicine to reduce the dosage of their medication. Herbal remedies are also a great alternative for children, pregnant and nursing mothers and the elderly.