Many plant substances are powerful medicines with advantages over conventional medications. They are effective and safe when used properly, in the correct dose and in proper combinations with other herbs, conventional medications or treatments.
Today in medicine we still rely on the curative properties of plants in about 75% of medicines. About 500 herbs are employed in conventional medicine, although whole plants are rarely used. Often it is the "isolated constituents" of plants that provide the starting material for the synthesis of conventional medications. Botanical medicine, unlike it's pharmaceutical counterpart, utilizes the whole plant which reduces or eliminates many of the side effects associated with prescription medication. The human body is much better adapted to treatment with botanical remedies than isolated chemical medicines because we have evolved with plants over thousands of years. Our biochemistry and physiology is historically well suited to digesting and utilizing plant based foods and medicines.
The use of herbal and botanical remedies is experiencing a dramatic resurgence in this country because people are becoming aware of the negative side effects associated with conventional medications and surgery. An emerging health conscious public are searching for alternative, safer and more gentle forms of treatment that botanical medicine provides. Naturopathic physicians are highly trained and experienced in the use of plant-based medicines.