Botanical medicines, also referred to as herbal medicines, have been used for thousands of years in cultures all over the world. You name an ailment, there’s an herb that can help. Scientific studies have verified the effects of many herbs, including St. John’s Wort and ginseng root, so more is known about these herbs than ever before. Naturopathic physicians combine traditional herb use with experienced results to treat patients.
Botanicals have been used for all kinds of diseases and conditions, both acute and chronic. Some of the many botanical uses include:
The medicinal power of botanicals can be delivered in teas, tinctures, extracts, and topical salves, to name a few ways. SCNM physicians decide the best delivery method based on the patient’s needs, the desired effect, and the part of the plant that is used. Medicinal properties may be in the leaves or stems, but also the flowers, fruits, seeds, or roots.
In line with treating each patient individually, herbal formulas are tailored specifically for you. The formulas usually consist of three to five carefully-chosen herbs, but can contain many more to create balance and synergy. Using multiple herbs in a formula increases their effectiveness, decreases side effects, and allows the physician to address multiple conditions in one formula.
SCNM physicians are trained to assess and treat the entire patient. Utilizing their medical training, they gather information with a thorough health intake, physical exams, and lab and imaging results. They take the time to get a complete picture to be able to construct an individualized botanical formula for you, which will be ready for pickup in the SCNM Medicinary before you leave. This way you don’t have to wait to begin the healing process! Click here to schedule an appointment with an SCNM physician or resident, or call 480.428.3232.