This involves the prescription of North American, European, and East Indian herbs. Herbs have been used for thousands of years, giving us a wealth of traditional knowledge and insight into their many profound healing effects. Within the past 50 years, a great deal of scientific research has confirmed many of these traditional uses and has allowed us to learn how the studied herbs work in the body. There are several ways in which herbs can be prepared for use, including tinctures (herbs extracted in alcohol), compresses, teas, and topical salves.
Homeopathy is a medicinal technique in which preparations of different remedies are used to treat patient illness. Remedies are most commonly made from herbs, other plants, or minerals; they are diluted in a mixture of alcohol and water and are then grafted onto sucrose pellets to be taken orally. Through empirical trials, each remedy has been associated with a list of signs, symptoms, and other characteristics that they are able to address. The remedy that best matches up with the signs, symptoms, and other characteristics of the patient being treated is then selected as the one to bring him or her back towards health. For example, the homeopathic remedy made from the mineral calcium is associated with back pain, anxiety, and feeling cold all the time. If a patient presented with back pain, anxiety, and feeling cold all the time, calcium would likely be a good remedy to prescribe.
This involves working with patients to help them live healthier lives. Along with the dietary counselling mentioned above, patients are also educated on proper ways to exercise, relax, set goals, and cope with the stressors of day to day life.