What is an Herb?

Medicinally, an herb is any plant, or part of a plant, which can be used in some therapeutic capacity. Botany is the study of herbs.

What is Herbal Medicine? 

Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating disease. Herbal medicine has existed for more than 5000 years, and to this day 75% of the worlds population relies in part on herbal medicines.

How are Herbs Different From Pharmaceuticals? 

Most pharmacetucial drugs are single chemicals that are highly refined and purified. Most drugs are synthesized in a lab. 

In 1987, about 85% of modern drugs were originally derived from plants, proving the healing property of plants. Now, as drugs have evolved, they are resembling plants less and less. Currently, about 15% of drugs are derived from plants. 

How are Herbs Consumed?

Herbs can be consumed in a various ways: 

  • teas
  • tinctures
  • capsules
  • topically as salves or creams

Are Herbs Right for Me? 

Herbs have clear roles to play in all conditions, both acute and chronic. An extensive medical history will help determine what herbs are most indicated. They can be combined with modern medicines, and often are in the clinical setting. 

Safety is of the utmost priority. Herbs can be dangerous if taken inappropriately, that's why Naturopaths are a good resource - as we can consider all safety precautions and monitor health over time.