What is Botanical Medicine?
Botanical medicine is also known as herbal medicine or herbalism. It is the use of plants, herbs, and extracts to maintain optimal health and treat medical conditions. Botanical remedies may come in the form of extracts, capsules, tablets, tinctures and teas.
Botanical Remedies have been used for centuries by various cultures around the world. The World Health Organization estimates 80% of the world’s population rely on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare needs.
You already may have been using botanical medicine remedies such as aloe for sunburns and skin irritation, ginger for an upset stomach, or echinacea for a cold or a sore throat. You may have also heard of different herbs and spices that have healing properties such as turmeric for anti-inflammatory effects.
How Can Botanical Medicine Help Me?
Botanical medicine can be used to alleviate or treat a variety of medical conditions! They are the healing power of nature. As an integrative nutrition clinic, we may recommend a botanical remedy for a specific health issue or to contribute to your whole health as part of the holistic consultation.
Some Examples of Conditions That Can Be Treated:
- Chronic fatigue
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Premenstrual Syndrome
Botanical medicine is most effective when used in combination with dietary changes, exercise and stress management.
Are There Any Concerns With Botanical Medicine?
It’s important to note that in the United States, the practice of botanical or herbal medicine is not a licensed profession. Herbalists may not be licensed to diagnose or treat disease. Also, not all practitioners or naturopaths have attended a naturopathic medical school. Dr. Cutler is a licensed ND with extensive training using botanical medicine as a natural approach to promote overall health and to treat medical conditions.