Botanical Medicine
What is Botanical Medicine?
Botanical medicine, herbal medicine and phytomedicine all refer to the therapeutic use of plant products. Cultures around the globe have relied on herbal medicine for millennia; Ancient China and Egyptian cultures are the most well-known however African, Indian, European, and the old world Americas utilized this form of medicine as well. Leaves, roots, shoots, fruit and bark from various plants are used for a variety of conditions. As many of these uses have been in practice for several hundred, if not several thousand years, the traditional use of botanical products requires the” test of time” in order to establish repeated use over generations: the birth of clinical medicine.
The American Herbalist Guild (AHG) "The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. Our primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism."
The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) "The Mission of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) is to promote the responsible use of herbal medicines and ensure they are used with the highest possible degree of efficacy and safety. Our primary way to accomplish this is through the development of standards of identity, purity, and analysis for botanicals, as well as to critically review traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety."
University of Maryland Medical Center’s Medical Reference “Are there experts in herbal medicine?Herbalists, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, pharmacists, medical doctors, and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine all may use herbs to treat illness. Naturopathic physicians believe that the body is continually striving for balance and that natural therapies can support this process. They are trained in 4-year, postgraduate institutions that combine courses in conventional medical science (such as pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and surgery) with clinical training in herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.”
Mrs. M. Grieve’s "A Modern Herbal A timeless collection of medicinal and culinary uses; prescriptions, recipes, cultivation methods for a number of the common herbs used in western botanical medicine are described in this early modern era reference".