What is herbal medicine? How safe is it? What are the uses?
Herbal medicine — “also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine — refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease.”
Herbal medications are now listed as supplemental, and can be used without the side effects that Western drugs produce. It is extremely important to find out how the herb were manufactured, noting they were grown without contaminants or pesticides.
Commonly used herbs in America are echinacea , St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, garlic, saw palmetto , ginseng, goldenseal, valerian , chamomile, feverfew, ginger, evening primrose, and milk thistle. They remedy allergies, depression, anxiety, prostate issues, menopausal issues, and liver cleansing among a host of other related symptoms.
Make particular note that some herbs may cause allergic reactions or interact with conventional drugs, and some are toxic if used improperly or at high doses. It is advisable to consult with your Doctor before beginning an herbal regiment. Many herbs may interact with Western medications, which is another reason to inform your Doctor the particular herb you are taking.
There are many experts such as, herbalists, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, pharmacists, medical doctors, and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
As stated in University of Maryland Medical Center: “Naturopathic physicians believe that the body is continually striving for balance and that natural therapies can support this process. They are trained in 4-year, postgraduate institutions that combine courses in conventional medical science (such as pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and surgery) with clinical training in herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.”
There are Naturopathic Doctors in the Baltimore area Dr. Janene Elizabeth Martin ND , and Dr. Natalie Boulware ND. They will be able to assist you in deciding what herbal remedies to use or may suggest other alternatives depending on your situation.
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