Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is often prescribed to improve the function of specific organs or systems, such as the immune system during flu season. Taken in the form of tinctures, teas, capsules, powders, and external applications, botanical herbs can encourage healing without some of the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Herbalism (“herbology” or “herbal medicine”) is use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such use.

Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today.

Modern Herbal medicine, does, however, make use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-tested pharmaceutical drugs, and phytotherapy works to apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and medicines that are derived from natural sources.

The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.

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