What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal Medicine (also Herbalism or phytotherapy) is the study of botany and use of plants intended for medicinal purposes or for supplementing a diet. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Modern medicine makes use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for pharmaceutical drugs.

The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.

What does a Medical Herbalist do?

A medical herbalist has a strong focus on working with people to alleviate their symptoms as well as to correct underlying physiological imbalances such as stress-related issues, fatigue, immune deficiencies, insomnia, digestive and reproductive problems.

Many health issues can be addressed naturally and early on so that they don’t get out of hand.

We use medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements if indicated. As part of the treatment plan, we might suggest lifestyle choices that support optimum health.

A History of Herbal Medicine