Also known as herbalism or botanical medicine or phytotherapy. Herbal medicine refers to the use of  plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, &/or flowers for medicinal purposes.  It can be used as teas, herbal extracts or supplements (capsules). Clinical research shows the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease. Used correctly, herbs can help treat a variety of health conditions and in some cases may have fewer side effects than some conventional medications.

 

Herbal Medicine (traditional medicine) is defined as an approach to healing which uses plant or plant-derived preparations to treat, prevent, or cure various health conditions and ailments. This approach is incorporated into various medical systems. Although herbal medicine does not have a specific point of conception, at present an estimated 80% of the world’s population rely on medicinal plant preparations for their primary healthcare needs, according to the World Health Organisation.

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The use of plants in the healing process goes back as far as the recorded history of humankind. Today, many people choose to seek alternative options such as botanical medicine when they wish to find an adjunct, or an option, to contemporary medical remedies. Because of the widespread interest in this and other alternative medical options, qualifying studies in the use and preparation of plants for medicinal uses have become highly regarded.


Botanical medicine offers a way of making use of natural elements to treat various types of illnesses and disorders. While many modern medicines have their origins in the use of some type of plant matter, they also often contain synthetic elements as well. Proponents of botanical medicine claim that using what nature has provided is much better for the body and mind, if administered properly and in a timely manner.


Botanical medical treatments are available for a wide range of health issues. Depression and anxiety are said to respond well to this type of alternative medicine. The use of a mixture of herbs and other botanicals is said to be able to restore balance to blood pressure levels, prevent the build-up of bad cholesterol in the system, and aid in promoting better circulation throughout the body. Such treatments are claimed to help strengthen the body’s natural immune system and delay the effects of aging on our vital organs.


There is an increasing body of clinical evidence to show the benefits of Herbal Medicines. In 'The Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, Modern Herbal Medicine,' by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone (2000), in depth and detailed profiles of over 40 herbs are profiled. This book provides a detailed, practical and, where possible, research-based rationale for the use of herbal treatments in a wide variety of clinical conditions.