What is Botanical Medicine?
Botanical Medicine simply means the use of plants and other natural products to improve and maintain health, recover from injury or illness, and deal with chronic health issues. Across the globe and throughout history, humans have been using plants and herbs for healing, treat and prevent medical issues for as long as 5000 years. In some parts of the world today, plants and herbs are still used in medicinal capacities for everything from mosquito bites to alleviation of chronic pain.
Who Prescribes Botanical Medicine?
The use of medicinal plants and herbs is used in many different types of medical practices… Such medical practices may include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine as well as Aromatherapy.
Some of today’s modern drugs are derived from plants, and as we learn more about the curative and preventative properties of botanicals, we’re becoming more open to seeking them out. However, most of today’s modern herbal medical center relies on synthetic drugs to treat and prevent disease and other health concerns. That’s because of economics: it’s almost impossible to patent a plant or an herb, and the money is made when a drug company can develop and patent their very own synthetic drug. There’s simply not as much money available for research in the field of Botanical Medicine.
But the doctors at Optimal Health & Wellness draw upon their knowledge of Botanical Medicine as it’s been used for thousands of years all over the world. Even though big drug companies aren’t researching Botanicals, there are scientists and health practitioners developing a modern body of knowledge and gathering data in this field.
The Benefits of Botanical Medicine
Botanical medicine has far fewer negative side effects than synthetic drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs are also much more expensive. When administered by a knowledgeable, professional health care practitioner, Botanical medicine can be as effective as anything else on the market. It’s important to keep in mind that plant-derived medicine can often take longer to have its full effect on the body. Sometimes the plants and herbs have a cumulative effect, taking their own sweet time to product results. But in the end you have the added benefit of a totally natural treatment that has not only healed your body but also perhaps restored balance to your system, thereby preventing future issues.
How are Herbs for Healing Administered?
Consumption of plants and herbs for medicinal use can take any number of various forms. Sometimes a tea is made…that’s called infusion. Here’s what you can expect when you are prescribed Botanical Medicine:
- Infusion (tea). This is simply steeping the herb or plant in hot water.
- Oil Infusion. This is like making tea, only using oil instead of water.
- Tincture. Again, like tea only this time alcohol is used: steep the botanical in vodka, for example and strain. Vanilla extract is a tincture.
- Decoction. This is used mainly for extracting medicine from roots or bark. The root/bark/seed is boiled and the water is used for medicine.
- Capsules. These are common and popular, because of their ease of use.
- Ointment. Mix the plant or herb in oil or petroleum jelly, then boil it, cool at and it’s ready for application to the affected area of the body.
- Poultice. Like an ointment but no oil/petroleum jelly is used…just pure plant/herb and water, then cooled and applied as a paste to the affected area of the body.