Botanical Medicine
Herbal Medicine

Botanical or Herbal Medicine has been used traditionally for many years all over the world. Plant and plant extracts contain phytonutrients and constituents that stimulate healing and prevent illness. Naturopathic doctors are the only health care providers in Canada trained in therapeutic botanical prescribing.

Some Conditions that Can Benefit from Botanical Medicine:

Digestive concerns

Indigestion & abdominal pain

Constipation

Gas & Bloating

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Chron’s & ulcerative colitis

Heartburn/acid reflux

Hormonal imbalances

PMS & irregular periods

Menopausal symptoms

Mood disorders

Anxiety, depression, stress

Low energy & fatigue

Burnout & overwork

Cold/Flu symptoms

Sinusitis & congestion

Cough

Allergies

Sore throat

Skin conditions

Acne, eczema & psoriasis

 

Common Herbal Preparations

Tinctures

Teas

Capsules

Based on the part of the plant used (root, leaf or flower) different herbal preparations may be more effective. Your preference & lifestyle is also taken into consideration when prescribing preparations.

Safety & Effectiveness

Generally, botanicals are very safe for all stages of life. They are effective for acute and chronic conditions when they are used correctly and at the right dosage. Botanicals can interact with medications, have the ability to aggravate certain conditions and may have side effects. Always ask your naturopathic doctor if botanical medicine is right for you.