Herbal medicine uses plants, minerals and natural substances for medicinal purposes. Ideally the natural form of the element being prescribed is kept close to its natural form, and is prepared with the utmost care. Formulas are usually much safer than taking just one single herb, as a formula is carefully prescribed with its components working with and directing one another to its highest healing potential. It is evident with records dating back some three to five thousand years that herbal medicine is the world’s oldest form of prescriptive healing. A great majority of this ancient knowledge is still used today and has been passed down from generation to generation so successfully that it is now a recognized and accepted as a licensed profession, as well as being accepted as a form of primary care in some states.
Over a quarter of all prescription drugs in the western medicine world are derived from plants. Aspirin is a good example, as the main ingredient is Willow Bark. The active ingredient is Salicin and some people are using Willow Bark as a health alternative to Aspirin. Today, people are seeking a more natural approach to medicine. So much so, that there can be no more “shoving the concept under the rug” as thousands of patients a year are reporting excellent results in their health status. Many of our patients are reporting better health and less need for western medical intervention.
Herbal medicine, as practiced for centuries, and as viewed in our practice, is meant to treat the underlying “root” causes of illness rather than attempting to mask the symptoms to create a “sense” of daily relief. If the cause of the dis-ease, imbalance, and pathology in the body is not addressed and treated, then the patient may feel better but will certainly always deal with their ailment. When looking into the patients symptoms, we are interested in addressing physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the cause of the dis-ease the patient is reporting. We are board certified herbalists and take prescription of herbal medicine very seriously. Individualization for each client is key, taking into consideration any current pharmaceutical drugs the patient may be on.