Plant medicines have been used by almost every culture throughout human history for medicinal purposes. Worldwide, many households use plant medicines on a regular basis to heal their family's ailments. This could be drinking a cup of chamomile tea to soothe a belly ache, essential oil of lavender rubbed on the temples to mend a headache, or a mustard poultice to treat a respiratory infection. Interestingly, many pharmaceuticals in use today were developed by isolating active constituents from plant medicines. For example, aspirin comes from willow bark and morphine originates in poppy plants. Rooted in the tradition of western herbal medicine and guided by scientific research, our naturopathic physicians employ plant medicines in their practices to promote healing and wellness.
At Juniper Family Health, we use commercial preparations of herbal medicines as well as compound individualized herbal formulas. Herbal formulas are prepared on site by combining tinctures and glycerites. A herbal tincture is a concentrated, liquid preparation of a herb dissolved in alcohol to extract and preserve the active constituents from the plant medicine. A herbal glycerite is prepared with glycerin, making it more suitable for children or those who cannot tolerate small amounts of alcohol. Our naturopathic doctors use their expertise to create formulas for patients that are safe and effective. For those using concurrent medications or supplements, special attention is paid to prevent any drug-herb interactions. The naturopathic doctors at Juniper Family Health see the benefits that plant medicines have to offer on a daily basis in their practices and look forward to sharing this powerful healing method with you.