For millennia, people have been relying on the natural world for health and healing. Many of our modern day medications, like aspirin, are derived from natural plant compounds (willow bark). Herbal medicine can be a potent part of prevention and treatment of illness, and like acupuncture, addresses both symptoms and underlying physiological patterns that are causing symptoms.
Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.