The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Herbs in their various forms, including tinctures, teas, or capsules, may be recommended for their healing effect and/or nutritional value.
Botanical medicine is the use of plants as therapeutic agents to treat or prevent disease. These plants are chemically complex and contain hundreds or even thousands of different phytochemicals. Compounds such as isoflavones, tannins, saponins, flavonoids, glycosides, coumarins, bitters, phyto-estrogens, etc., are often responsible for the medicinal properties of herbal medicines. These compounds have been used medicinally for thousands of years and many pharmaceutical drugs are derived from such plant substances.
There are a multiple forms of herbal medicine, such as alcohol- or aqueous-based tinctures, herbal teas, powdered capsules, and tablet forms. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in the use, dosage, and type of botanicals that are indicated for your condition.