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Q: What is Botanical medicine?
A: Simply put, they are plants or substances that come from plants used to treat or prevent disease. Plants have been used in this way in all cultures from pre-history time until the present. Botanical medicine could be in the form of fresh plants, tinctures, glycerides, salves, creams, oils, teas, syrups, capsules, etc…
Q: Are there experts in Herbal medicine?
A: Herbalists, Naturopathic Physicians, Chiropractors, naturopathic, Pharmacists, and Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine all may use herbs to treat illness. Naturopathic Physicians believe that the body is continually striving for balance and that natural therapies can support this process. They are trained in a 4-year, postgraduate institution that combine courses in conventional medical science (such as pathology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and surgery), botanical/ herbal medicine, Homeopathy, nutrition, Acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling. Further, Naturopathic Physicians receive clinical training in these disciplines as well.
Q: Are botanical medicines the same as Herbal remedies?
A: Many people use the term herbal remedies; however, using the term botanicals is more inclusive because, the term botanical medicine includes plant parts that are not strictly herbs, such as bark, seeds, roots, and stems.
Q: What is the history of Botanical Medicine
A: It is likely that humans have used plants as medicine for as long as we have existed. Archeological excavations dated as early as 60,000 years ago have found remains of medicinal plants, such as opium poppies, ephedra, and cannabis. In essence, humans have been involved for thousands of years in a vast "clinical trial" with medicinal plants. The wisdom that resulted from this global experiment is a large part of our history of healing and healthcare.
- In the U. S. between 1990 and 1997, the use of botanical medicines increased by 380 percent
-By 2010, global retail sale of botanical dietary supplements amounted to more than
$25 billion, according to Nutraceuticals World.
-The World Health Organization reports that 75 to 85 percent of the world's population
outside of the U.S. continues to rely on botanical medicines dispensed by traditional healers
for primary healthcare.