“For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.” – Pfeiffer’s Law, Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., PhD.
Botanical Medicine & Homeopathy
Botanical Medicine & Homeopathy
Most of you have probably treated yourself with herbal remedies without even knowing it. Think back to that cold and cough remedy tea you picked up from your local health food store or the garlic ear drops you used on your sick child. Yes, those were all types of botanical medicine! Herbs have been used by all cultures since the beginning of time and even many modern pharmaceuticals are derived from plants (although these plants are synthetically changed). As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Galina knows that the best results come from the natural state of the plant so that it provides the best therapeutic response with fewer to no side effects. Whether you are looking to improve your general well-being or need help with a specific condition, Dr. Galina can recommend the right herbs for you.
Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a system of medicine that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago. It involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient. Dr. Galina has training in both traditional homeopathy and the UNDA drainage system.
Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 – 700 plant based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the past 20 years in the United States, public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in herbal medicine use. Herbal supplements are classified as dietary supplements by the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. Source: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/herbal-medicine-000351.htm#ixzz2HbgQSBo9
Here is an excerpt from a wonderful article on http://www.holistic.com:
Now we’ve learned that antibiotics can’t cure everything, and in fact they’ve created antibiotic resistant strains of Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Gonorrhea and other bacteria. And mostly, modern medicine has accepted its inability to prevent disease or to cure chronic illnesses such as arthritis.
Once again, we’re turning to nature for our remedies. This time, science is supporting that decision. Rigorous studies are proving that indeed leaves from the ginkgo tree may help us maintain mental clarity, that chamomile helps us sleep better, that echinacea enhances our ability to fight disease, and that St. John’s wort may help maintain emotional well-being. The good news is that herbal medicine is often more effective and less expensive than modern pharmaceuticals.
Most modern physicians agree that the best solution is a blending of mainstream antibiotics when needed and natural remedies whenever possible. James Duke, Ph.D., one of America’s foremost authorities on medicinal herbs and author of The Green Pharmacy, explains it this way: “Our bodies have been exposed to the natural substances in plants for millions of years. My DNA, RNA, my genes, and my immune system have already experienced most or all of the natural phyto-chemicals that my ancestors ingested. However, my genes and immune system know nothing of tomorrow’s new synthetic compounds. Given the choice, I’ll most often take the herbal alternative, because it’s cheaper, gentler on the body and often as effective, and almost always safer than the pharmaceutical.”