Many of us have experienced side effects from traditional medications and want to try a medicine that won’t do more harm than good. Others choose a more natural method of care because they feel more comfortable knowing their medicine comes from nature and works with the body, not against it.
Herbal medicine, also called herbalism or botanical medicine, uses plants and their extracts to treat a variety of medical conditions. By harnessing the power of nature, herbal medicine provides healing benefits without the side effects caused by traditional treatments.
Herbal medicine works with the body to restore balance, while traditional medicines only treat symptoms, which can make the condition worse. A naturopathic physician like Dr. Cutler will use herbal medicine in conjunction with lifestyle changes and supplements to restore the body’s natural harmony.
While traditional medicine can leave the body more unbalanced than before, herbal medicine works naturally with your body to achieve improved health. People across the world without access to traditional healthcare use herbal remedies to treat themselves, and many others use herbal remedies offered in stores.
Keep in mind that herbal medicines can vary in purity and effectiveness. Only use brands that Dr. Cutler approves as safe and effective to make sure you are getting a quality product with no unwanted additives. Since the FDA does not regulate these medicines, you should rely on the advice of a professional regarding herbal medicine.
Herbal medicine can often achieve results similar to those achieved by traditional medicine, if not much better. Herbal medicine usually contains compounds that doctors have only begun to recognize. For example, St. John’s Wort contains a group of chemicals that have been used as a medication to treat depression. Many people use echinacea as an immune booster without knowing it contains compounds that trigger specific immune cells. Herbal medicines contain many beneficial compounds that science has yet to analyze, but practitioners of herbal medicine have known about for centuries.
Herbal medicine can improve or treat conditions including:
Herbal medicine will usually be recommended as part of a treatment plan that includes lifestyle and dietary changes and supplements or additional nutrients. While traditional doctors often have no effective treatment for these conditions or offer a treatment that seems as bad as the disease, it may be time to consider an herbal medicine practitioner who provides a more balanced and holistic approach.
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Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.