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Botanical Medicine

Botanical Medicine is the use of plants or substances that come from the plants such as the seeds, berries, leaves, bark, roots, stems or flowers for medicinal purposes (the treating of disease and promotion of health). The use of Botanical Remedies are often referred to as Herbal Medicine, Herbalism or the use of Herbal Remedies, but technically Botanical Medicine utilizes many different parts of the plant beyond just the herbs. These Botanical Remedies generally contain several biologically active ingredients and are used primarily for the treatment of chronic or mild conditions. In the case of acute or severe diseases, Botanical Medicine is often utilized in a complementary or supportive role to help effect specific diseases or balance potential side effects from pharmaceuticals.

In many cases, scientists aren’t sure what specific ingredient in a particular herb works to treat a condition or illness. Whole plants contain many ingredients, and they may work together to produce a beneficial effect. Many traditional herbalists believe that a healing energy inherent in the plants helps create the beneficial effects and not the chemical constituents alone. Many times, different herbs may be used together because the combination is more effective and may produce fewer side effects.

Since the government in the United States determines how substances are sold and regulated by placing them into categories, the majority of Botanical Medicines are classified as Dietary Supplements. A few botanicals are classified as pharmaceutical drugs (digitalis leaf is one). Dietary Supplements are regulated under the larger umbrella of food (not drugs) and include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more. Although research shows that many Botanical Medicines provide health benefits, often without some of the risks or side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, botanicals are not without risk. You should always be aware of any possible adverse reactions and because the botanicals vary in strength from gentle remedies that can be eaten like food to potential lethal poisons, you should always seek the supervision of a qualified professional such as a Naturopathic Physician (NMD). Dr. Jacqueline Poulos, NMD is properly trained and qualified to assess your condition and recommend the appropriate formulations. The exact form and dosage will depend on the strength of the herb, the effects desired, your age and your constitution.

Botanicals are not always cheap, so you want to make sure you are purchasing the right quality and most beneficial product. Synergistic Healthcare carries several Professional Grade product lines in our facility. Professional Grade simply means that they are held to a higher standard in the manufacturing process equating to better bio-availability (better utilization within the body) and a more consistent strength/dosage per the label. Dr. Poulos not only prescribes common formulations that are manufactured by high quality companies, but also creates/compounds botanical formulations (tinctures) for the individual patient based on their healthcare needs form scratch. We prescribe medicinal herbs as teas, tinctures, poultices, capsules, powders, steams, and topical applications to help heal disease and promote optimal health. We use both fresh and dried plants, and plant extracts. Synergistic Healthcare has a wide variety of herbs in many forms in the clinic medicinary. The herbs and herbal products at our center all come from certified organic farms and locally whenever possible. Aside from dispensing herbs from the clinic, we offer ideas, recipes and education around incorporating medicinal plants into daily living.


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