April 10, 2024

ICYMI: What is Botanical Medicine?

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Botanical Medicine is the practice of using medicinal plants and extracts to improve overall health and treat illness. Botanical medicine has a rich history that dates back at least 60,000 years and has been an important part of many cultures throughout the world. Today, the wisdom of the past is combined with current research that […]

Botanical Medicine is the practice of using medicinal plants and extracts to improve overall health and treat illness. Botanical medicine has a rich history that dates back at least 60,000 years and has been an important part of many cultures throughout the world. Today, the wisdom of the past is combined with current research that helps us understand how botanical medicine works. Many conventional pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants, such as willow bark for aspirin and the Madagascar periwinkle for chemotherapeutic drugs.

Naturopathic doctors complete 130 classroom hours of botanical medicine education. They are trained in the traditional use of medicinal plants and to evaluate the scientific literature for their use. Naturopathic doctors are able to formulate botanical medicine recommendations for individualized therapeutic outcomes. Naturopathic Doctors can also identify drug-herb interactions and contraindications in order to make safe and effective recommendations.

While botanical medicine is powerful, it can also be quite gentle, making it suitable for all age groups. There are a variety of ways to use herbs for medicinal use, including teas, tinctures, decoctions, and extracts. Book a FREE introductory appointment to see what Kamloops Naturopath Dr. Ruschkowski will make recommendations that fit your lifestyle.

Article written by Kent Aitchison

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