Herbal medicines can be used as an alternative to drug treatments, or in conjunction with medications.
Herbs can be used in a variety of ways in naturopathic medicine. For example, they can be used to help the body attack an infection, or they can be used to help the body defend against an infection. Herbs can be used alone or in combination to have a synergistic effect in promoting healing within the body.
Are botanical medicines safe?
Although medicinal plants are often thought of as very safe, they can interact with medications and should always be taken under the supervision of a naturopathic doctor. Also, certain botanicals are contraindicated in pregnancy or in a variety of health conditions so consulting with your ND can help you use this form of medicine very safely.