Botanicals and Pharmaceuticals

Coming full circle, many people are now turning to the herbs and botanicals from around the world once used for general health maintenance and treatment by their ancestors. These natural substances are the basis of many alternative therapies like homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicine. Many pharmaceutical companies are reexamining these specimens to gain a better understanding of why the substances are often superior to man-made drugs. Global exploration and preservation of these indigenous healing tools is essential to modern botanical medicine and pharmaceutical research. 

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Treating With Herbs

In order to determine a diagnosis, the practitioner checks the patient's medical and lifestyle history, appearance and vitality. Next the practitioner takes the pulse, and then examines the tongue, abdomen and iris (markings on the iris are thought to point to afflictions within the body). An individual's constitution will be evaluated along with attributes and various circumstances that have determined the individual's lifestyle and energy patterns. 

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After this, the practitioner might suggest a specifically blended herbal and/or botanical combination to alleviate symptoms and to remedy the causes within the system. Substances are prescribed for their detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, tissue-toning, system-enhancing or antibiotic properties.

While the majority of botanical medicines present no danger to health, using them requires some knowledge and proper cautions. In determining a suitable prescription, the practitioner considers: properties and functions of the substance, the state of condition to be remedied, and herbal interactions and effects. 

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Botanical First Aid Kit/Basic Home Remedies:

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Internal Administration of Herbs

Caution: Herbs rate on a continuum from mild to toxic. Practitioners prefer utilizing the gentler variety for their nutritional enhancement and medicinal benefits. Seek expert advice before self-medicating.

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External Administration of Herbs

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