Herbal Medicine

Herbal (Botanical) Medicine

Herbal medications, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, are based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be eaten or applied to the skin. The best herbal remedies have been in use since Ancient Times by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and assist bodily functions.

At the Center for Natural Healing in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, we employ a variety of different methods to get you to a place of health, balance and well-being. One of those methods is the use of herbal medicine.

Dr. Joy may recommend herbal treatments in the course of an office visit if you are suffering from a specific symptom. She may prescribe herbal medicine for anxiety and other emotional issues, or for physical maladies. As a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine, Dr. Joy may recommend an herbal remedy during a consultation for a specific health problem or to address whole health from a holistic perspective.

Herbal alternative medicines may have disease-preventive effects and the power of healing. For example, it appears that the daily use of the spice turmeric in curry dishes is one reason elderly people in India have one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world.

Herbal medicine has been used to treat or alleviate virtually every possible medical condition. Examples of herbal medicines and the conditions for which they are used include:

  • Aloeused topically for minor burns, sunburns, skin irritation or inflammation
  • Arnicaused topically for bruises, sprains, sore muscles and joints
  • Chamomiletea ingested for upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion and colic
  • Comfrey used in a topical poultice only, for bedsores, diabetic ulcers, certain spider bites and staph infections contracted on tropical beaches
  • Dong quai for women and ginseng for men and women, ingested to improve general health and stamina
  • Echinacea ingested for colds, flu and sore throat
  • Garlic ingested to possibly reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, treat fungal infections and colds
  • Ginger ingested for nausea and motion sickness, and as an anti-inflammatory
  • Mullein ingested for chest congestion and dry, bronchial coughs
  • Passion flower ingested for non-sedating relaxation
  • peppermint tea ingested for indigestion, nausea and other digestive problems
  • Peppermint oil (in coated capsules) ingested for irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic intestinal ailments
  • Tea tree oil applied topically for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails
  • Turmeric ingested to combat inflammation and protect against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Valerian ingested for sleeping problems

Dr. Joy will sit with you to discuss a variety of herbal treatments to help relieve your symptoms and put you back on the path to a healthy, harmonious life.

*Results may vary from person to person

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