Herbal medicine is a system of medicine that is entirely plant-based, deriving from the combinations of various plant parts–anything from flowers and leaves to roots. Extraction methods will vary based on the medicinal use, but both fresh and dried plant matter can be effective for patients. Herbalists will often source plants from natural or reputable sources to maintain high quality ingredients for their treatments. Herbal medicine is a very sustainable platform, and can consist of syrups, infusions, lotions, tinctures, compresses, poultices, decoction, and alcohol or water-based preparations.
Other common herbal medicine can take the form of oils, powders, juices, steam inhalation, gargles and creams. You can find individuals who use herbal medicine for kidney problems and others who use herbal medicine for arthritis, and many other types of discomfort. The possibilities are endless as herbal medicine addresses a host of medical conditions and discomforts such as, but not limited to: hormonal and emotional health, digestion, allergies, skin conditions, joint and bone conditions, heart health and circulation, fertility and pregnancy, fatigue, and your immune system. During a consultation, medical herbalists such as Dr. Roxie Strand at Creative Healing Solutions will take inventory of your medical history, ask questions about you and your immediate family’s health, discuss your current diet and lifestyle habits and see if you are currently taking medicine or supplements. It’s important for us to understand what might be causing your illness so that the right herb mixtures can be created for your health needs and goals. Testing for blood pressure and other elements may be a part of our initial consultation.
Once an individual is given an herbal treatment plan, you will receive personalized herbal applications in combination with dietary changes and nutritional supplements. There may be additional follow-up visits to complete the formulations and assess your progress and reactions to the plan. Herbal medicine benefits are subtle and will not work as quickly as traditional medications, however, they offer none to few side effects and produce results that last. You should use your personalized herbal medicine as directed and tell any relevant healthcare providers such as specialists and primary care physicians that you are using herbal medicine to treat your given condition or concern. Your personal biology will determine exactly how much of a given plant you will need and in what combinations.
Dr Strand provides herbal medicine in Scottsdale that can work in tandem with other services offered here such as Naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and more. You may want to ask about plants such as ginkgo, turmeric, primrose oil, flax seed, tea tree oil, lavender and grapeseed extract.
These are just a few of the plants that can help you to gain strength and address your body’s ailments. If you are currently dealing with the effects of anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, flu or common cold, acne, inflammation or more, then herbal medicine may be a good option for you. Those who are sensitive to medications, foods and other forms of treatment may find that herbal medicine is a safer and more satisfying alternative. At Creative Healing Solutions, we believe herbal medicine can be your first choice. If you think you might benefit from the powerful health benefits of herbal medicine, schedule a time to speak with Dr. Strand about herbal medicine.