Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years in every culture of the world to provide natural relief for pain and illness. Herbal medicine is commonly used as a substitute for over the counter or prescription medications, or is used to combat the unfavorable side effects of pharmaceuticals. Herbs are excellent for increasing energy, decreasing stress, managing chronic pain, and alleviating allergies. As well, herbal medicine is very powerful in helping with women’s health issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, menopause and other hormone irregularities.
Most people don’t realize that many of the most commonly prescribed medications, from aspirin to quinine, are derived from herbal medicine. The active ingredient is extracted from these natural substances, and then synthetically reproduced and concentrated. The adulteration of these natural medicines is usually what leads to unpleasant or dangerous side effects.
In herbal medicine, however, we use extracts of the whole herb so that the natural balance is retained. These natural substances are prescribed in a variety of forms. Depending on the patient’s individual needs, herbs may be consumed in tea, powder, or pill form. Megan Joyce uses a combination of patented herbal pills and tablets, as well as customized herbal formulas that are compounded specifically for each patient. Herbal medicine is often prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture.