Herbal Medicine refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers for medicinal purposes. With medicinal benefits, herbs and botanicals have been used to treat a variety of health problems for thousands of years and are a wonderful compliment or safe alternative to prescription medications.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4 billion people, 80 percent of the world population, presently use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Herbal medicine is a major component in all indigenous peoples’ traditional medicine and a common element in Ayurvedic, homeopathic, naturopathic, traditional oriental, and Native American Indian medicine. WHO notes that of 119 plant-derived pharmaceutical medicines, about 74 percent are used in modern medicine in ways that correlated directly with their traditional uses as plant medicines by native cultures. Major pharmaceutical companies are currently conducting extensive research on plant materials gathered from the rain forests and other places for their potential medicinal value.
At the Boca Clinic for Integrative Medicine, herbal medicine is utilized to facilitate healing in chronic situations, herbal medicine has a great deal to offer. Studies have shown that herbal products can treat a wide variety of conditions from colds, digestive disorders, insomnia, headaches, arthritis, skin disorders, and asthma to a host of other problems usually treated with pharmaceuticals and prescription medications. These herbs are proven to be safe and effective by the FDA with no side effects.