Herbal medicine is a distinct form of healthcare which uses plants in a safe and effective manner to support the body. Botanical medicine, herbal medicine and plant medicine are used synonymously when referring to the use of herbs for healing. Herbal medicine dates back thousands of years and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is the most commonly employed healthcare modality throughout the world. Herbal medicine is for everyone, as seen by the use of culinary herbs (rosemary, ginger, garlic etc.) used by individuals on a daily basis. Contrary to mainstream belief, most plants are actually safe for use, although caution should always be employed when using new plants and should be given under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner, such as a naturopathic physician or medical herbalist.
In my practice I use herbal products in various strengths and forms to support your body's individual needs. This may include culinary based herbs, herbal teas, topical applications or herbal medicines in a specific solution to bring out the active principles in the plants (ex. tinctures, syrups). Herbal medicine is an example of naturopathy at its finest, as plants provide more then physical support to the body. Every plant is its own spirit with a unique constitution; the interaction between yourself, the plants and the environment address the entire person - mind, body and spirit.
For more information regarding herbal medicine and upcoming herbal workshops please see my Herbal Medicine page