Botanical medicine is a rich and vital part of Naturopathic Medicine. It is also one of the most ancient modalities embraced by Naturopathic Physicians.  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.

One of the major benefits of using plants is that they are more generalized and treat the entire person. They work with the body 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 by knowledgeable physicians.

Plants 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, reduce pain and inflammation, tone and heal body organs, increase energy, and induce relaxation and sleep.

In clinical practice plants are used to treat everything from ear infections and strep throat to menstrual irregularities, insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, sprained ankles, 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.

Botanical Medicine can be taken in many different forms. Patients may receive a liquid extract, capsules, tablets, or bulk herbs. They are incorporated into medicinal topical applications such as salves, creams and oils.

Naturopathic Physicians are the only licensed physicians thoroughly trained in using Botanical Medicine. It’s one more tool we have in which safety matches effectiveness through natural means.

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