Herbal medicine, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be digested orally or applied to the skin. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions. Herbal remedies in the form of extracts, tinctures, capsules and tablets as well as teas may be recommended by healthcare practitioners of many different disciplines as a practical way to address a wide variety of medical conditions. Herbalism is designed to use herbs to treat the underlying causes of disease instead of only addressing the signs and symptoms and then treating the disease.Once the cause of a condition is discovered, the herb is prescribed to restore the body’s natural balance.
Herbs are also used in many traditions as a preventative action to boost immune function and promote general well being before any disease occurs.