Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes.
Herbs have been implemented in natural medicine for thousands of years. Every culture and every medicinal system, from Ayurveda to Traditional Chinese Medicine, has used herbs for therapeutic purposes. There are thousands of herbs with thousands of different uses, many of which are used in conventional medicine as well as for natural remedies.
Herbs today are used in teas, vitamins and natural supplements. While the benefits of herbal medicine are vast, it is important to understand the basis of herbal medicine. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.
According to an article about herbal medicine by the World Health Organization (2008, August), “Traditional herbal medicines are naturally occurring, plant-derived substances with minimal or no industrial processing that have been used to treat illness within local or regional healing practices. Traditional herbal medicines are getting significant attention in global health debates. In China, traditional herbal medicine played a prominent role in the strategy to contain and treat severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).”
For additional information regarding botanical medicine, please contact Natural Medical Solutions at (770) 674-6311 and make an appointment to consult with Dr. Gail Ravello, PHD, N.D., M.H.