Clinical Herbal Medicine is a distinct form of health care that combines modern scientific research with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is the art and science of health investigation, treatments and preventative care through the use of natural therapeutic methods and substances.
Clinical Herbal Medicine is based on the belief that all living organisms have an innate healing capacity. This is the force within each of us that is continually active in its effort to move us toward health & wholeness and balance & harmony. It is called the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the vital force, Viriditas, or the healing power of nature.
Medical Herbalists use safe, gentle, non-invasive therapies that encourage our inherent self-healing processes to restore health. Therapies used include botanical medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.
Botanical medicine is a plant-based medicine that involves the use of herbal teas, tinctures, decoctions (strong teas), capsules, and other forms of herbal preparations to assist in maintaining and promoting healthy living.
Medical Herbalists are professionally trained; knowledgeable in both the historical uses of plants and their modern pharmacological mechanisms.
Individual diets and nutritional supplementation are recommended to address deficiencies, treat disease processes, and promote health. There is an ever growing body of knowledge that supports the use of whole foods and nutritional supplements in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. The benefits may include increased energy, increased gastrointestinal function, improved immunity, and general wellbeing.
Mental, Emotional and Lifestyle Counseling are essential to the practice of natural medicine. In almost all cases there is a mental/emotional/spiritual component that needs to be addressed so the body can heal itself. We take the time to listen and to help you find the solutions. Lifestyle counseling involves making suggestions such as drink more water, go to sleep at a reasonable hour, and other suggestions otherwise known as the basic treatment guidelines. We are here to teach, support, encourage and coach you to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Hydrotherapy refers to the use of hot and cold water applications to improve circulation and stimulate the immune system.
There are some slight health risks to treatment by Natural Medicine.
These include but are not limited to:
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