Herbal (Botanical) Medicine
The use of plants as medicine is one of the oldest of therapies in the world. Each plant has its own biochemical makeup with particular components that have healing properties in the human body. Some herbs are used as tonics, to strengthen organs and tissues that are weak. Some herbs help promote metabolism in the body, whether it is energy metabolism, fat-metabolism, the metabolism of cholesterol, etc. Herbs can also be selected to help systems of the body, such as to help the urinary system, or immune system, or digestive system.
Each herb has its own benefits and the naturopathic doctor will recommend particular herbs to support you on your path to healing and recovery. Herbs may be recommended as teas, concentrated extracts in liquid or capsule form, and may even be applied on the skin.