Botanical Medicine

Herbs have been used in medicine for centuries as dry formulations, teas, alcoholic or glycerin infusions, and essential oils.

Botanical medicine has its origins in many ancient cultures. It has been used by our forefathers for generations and involves the medicinal use of plants to treat disease and enhance general health and wellbeing. For example, the use of herbal remedies forms an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Some herbs are so potent that they can be compared to pharmaceuticals and should be taken with the same caution. In fact, many pharmaceuticals are artificial versions of natural compounds found in plants. For example, the heart medicine Digitalis was sourced from the Foxglove plant, and the commonly used Aspirin was sourced from bark of Willow tree.

Herbs and supplements can interact in various ways with over-the-counter or prescription medications you may be taking. They can support your treatment regimen and make your medications work better or reduce the effect of medications. In both cases, the addition of herbal preparations to the treatment protocol should always be done after consulting a doctor.