Botanical medicine otherwise known as herbal medicine is a very ancient form of medicine. There is evident that many different cultures have been using herbal medicines for thousands of years. Most cultures and countries around the world have their roots in the use of plants for health. If we take my form of western medicine you will see that we have many evidence based treatments from our ancient uses of herbs. It is also true that many synthetic pharmaceuticals usually have their origins from plants. The scientist researching plants would then isolate a particular chemical and make it a drug. Most drugs out on the market today however cause some form of nasty side effects.
Some times you absolutely need a drug other times you may not.
Herbal medicine usually has less side effects because we are using the entire plant. If we realized that the plant we want to use as medicine is not there for us but instead is on this planet to clean the air, soil, and to promote its species we will quickly learn that the plant doesn’t make chemicals for human use. We understand that the chemicals in plants serve specific functions for itself. If you honor this and use the entire plant (or part of the plant i.e. the entire root) as a medicine you will find that you will have a reduction of symptoms without side effects with the proper guidance of a naturopathic physician.