Plants have been used as medicines for thousands of years by cultural groups all over the world. The World Health Organization also recognizes traditional use of herbal medicines. The scientific evidence base around many herbal remedies is growing.
Herbal remedies can be used to help address a wide variety of health concerns
Herbal can be used in many different ways to affect different systems in the body or address disease processes directly. They can be used instead of or in addition to modern medicines to help address symptoms, reduce side-effects, improve treatment outcomes, improve quality of life, or help patients achieve their health goals.
Herbal remedies can be used in many forms such as pills or capsules, powders, teas, tinctures (herbs soaked in alcohol), creams, or other forms. Herbal remedies can also be personalized to the individual patient.
Herbal interactions and quality control issues
Many herbs can interact positively or negatively with medications, medical treatments or medical conditions. There are also quality control issues with many herbal products including dosage and contaminants. It is important to seek the advice of a qualified health care professional when looking to incorporate herbal remedies into your treatment plan. Additionally, the natural and non-prescription health products directorate oversees the regulation of natural health products for sale in Canada.