Seattle Botanical Medicines & Healing Properties
Apollo Health Clinic
Botanical medicine, while based on traditional medicines and alternative healing methods, is making a resurgence in modern medicine as a method of treating or preventing diseases.
Often used interchangeably with herbal medicine, botanical medicine is a more inclusive term, including parts of plants that aren’t herbs, such as bark, seeds, stems, and roots.
Due to the wide variety of natural ingredients and healing methods inherent in botanical medicine, there are many ways plants can be utilized to achieve different desired outcomes, such as:
– Biomedicine: By using herbs and plant substances as an alternative to Western medicines, large doses of certain plant-based ingredients can be used alone or in combination with others to achieve specific results, such as anti-inflammatory solutions, painkillers, or antibacterial effects.
– Traditional Herbalism: Medicinal plants applied in smaller doses can help assist in reducing stress and helping restore weakened immune or organ systems.
– Energy: Natural ingredients can be utilized to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal and bring itself into balance.
Why Are Botanical Medicines Sometimes Referred to As Dietary Supplements?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies how certain substances are regulated and sold. The majority of botanical medicines are classified under the term with the exception of a few botanical medicines, which are classified as pharmaceutical drugs. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other natural ingredients are sold in the form of tablets, gel caps, liquids, nutrient bars, capsules, and powders, but are regulated as food and not drugs.
Advantages of Botanical Medicine
– Reduced risk of serious side effects: Due to their natural origin, herbal and botanical medicines are often much better tolerated by patients, resulting in fewer unintended side effects and consequences compared to pharmaceuticals and may be safer to longer-term use.
– Effective in combating chronic conditions: For conditions that do not respond well to long-term traditional treatments, botanical medicines can be a very effective alternative. In instances of chronic arthritis, alternative treatments have been shown to display very few side effects with minimal dietary changes.
– Lower costs: Herbal and botanical remedies often cost much less than prescription medications. Due to the cost of research, testing, and marketing, prescription medications carry a much heftier price tag compared to natural ingredients.
– Wider availability: Because so many natural ingredients are available world-wide without the need for prescriptions, it’s much easier for patients to get access to the medicines they need – especially if they prefer to grow them on their own.
For more information on Dr. Samuel Madeira’s approach to botanical medicine, contact Apollo Health Clinic today.