What is Botanical Medicine?
Botanical medicine is the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes. This can come in many forms such as herbal preparations like tinctures, glycerites, capsules, teas, and solid extracts for treating specific aliments. Medical herbalism uses many parts of a plant for specific conditions such as the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, wood, bark, roots, and rhizomes depending on which active constituent is to be extracted or action is needed.
What types of conditions can be treated with botanical medicine?
Many conditions can be supported and treated with botanical medicine ranging from the common cold to cancer. We wrote a whole article on Morning Sickness Remedies Natural. Botanical medicine also offers a sustainable effective alternative for chronic complaints such as migraines, arthritis, depression and PMS. It is important to note that herbal remedies typically cannot replace conventional treatments for serious conditions and that all herbs are not safe for human ingestion.
What are the benefits of taking herbs for an aliment?
Botanical medicine is a more gentle approach to treating conditions and it typically has less side effects than pharmaceuticals. Herbs are also very cost-effective for example, a tea could cost $5 or a tincture could cost $15 which is dramatically less than prescription medications.
What types of treatments does botanical medicine encompass?
Teas (bulk or mixed herbs)
Tinctures (herbs that have been concentrated and infused in an alcohol base)
Solid Extracts (herbs that have been concentrated and in a honey base)
Glycerites (alcohol free tincture which is good for children)
Capsules (some herbs are best taken as the whole plant rather than extracted)
Nutraceuticals (active constituents have been isolated)
Creams (helps with a variety of conditions from acne to eczema)
Can I use botanical medicine if I’m currently taking pharmaceutical medication?
Most likey the answer is yes. It might be best to even consult with a naturopathic physician. These physicians have been extensively trained in both pharmaceutical medication and botanical medicines which enables them to customize a formula which will not conflict with any medication you are currently taking.