Natural Botanical Medicines
Did you know that plants and herbs have amazing natural healing properties? In fact, plant materials have been for used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years by many ancient civilizations dating back to over 5,000 years ago—including the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Sumerians. By 1025 A.D., the Canon of Medicine was created, which named over 800 minerals, plants, and drugs.
What is Botanical Medicine?
This practice of medicine is called botanical medicine—also known as phytotherapy or herbal medicine—which uses plants and herbal remedies to treat and prevent illness. Botanical medicine may be eaten, drunk as tea, or applied topically to the skin, depending on the health condition.
The Food as Medicine Connection
Today, The World Health Organization says that 80% of people currently use herbal remedies as an alternative to traditional western medicine. In addition, approximately 1/3 of western medical prescriptions are composed of plant-derived materials.
There has been increased awareness of the food-as-medicine connection, and botanical medicine embraces this awareness. Many foods and spices are known for their medicinal benefits. Do you drink peppermint or ginger tea to soothe an upset stomach, or drink chamomile tea to relax? Or maybe you sprinkle spices such as turmeric on your food for its anti-inflammatory and health-promoting properties? The vegetables and herbs you consume all have different health benefits for your body.
A Cost-Effective Healthcare Option
Herbal remedies are also more cost-effective than prescription drugs. The World Health Organization promotes Botanical Medicine as an inexpensive and way to bring health and healing to developing countries, as well as a way to further develop their agriculture.
Botanical medicine is used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, including digestive problems, sleep issues, and aiding elimination, among many other health concerns. Many naturopathic doctors incorporate botanical medicine into their practices, and may prescribe herbal remedies.
Botanical medicine can be an important part of an overall health and wellness program and is used in naturopathic medicine as a natural healing option that is safe, effective, and has minimal, if any, side effects. However, if you are currently taking prescription medicines, consult with your naturopathic doctor to make sure that any herbal remedies will not interact with your prescription drugs.
To learn more about how botanical medicine can benefit you, book your appointment at NDcare Naturopathic Clinics. We will show you how to integrate botanical medicine into your healthcare treatment plan to maximize your health. Call today.