Herbal Medicine Q&A

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is a type of dietary supplement. Made from plants, people use herbal medicine to treat disease, alleviate symptoms, and improve overall health and well-being.

At Inclusive Natural Medicine, Dr. Schneller offers many alternative therapies and unique treatments to optimize your health and well-being, including herbal medicine. 

Whether you’re searching for herbal medicine to help you manage a chronic illness or improve general health, Dr. Schneller can help. She takes a whole-person approach to care and closely adheres to the naturopathic principles of care

What are the types of herbal medicine?

There are many types of herbal medicine that have a wide range of uses. You can find herbal medicine that contains a single plant ingredient or a combination of plants and herbs. 

Common types of herbal medicine include:

  • Echinacea
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea
  • Goldenseal
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Garlic
  • Black cohosh

Some herbal medicines support general health by boosting energy (ginseng) or improving memory (ginkgo biloba). Other supplements help specific health issues, like garlic for heart health and St. John’s Wort for depression. 

How do I know what herbal medicine I need?

Dr. Schneller takes an individualized and whole-person approach to care. When you visit Inclusive Natural Medicine for an herbal medicine consultation, she conducts an in-depth evaluation to fully understand your health needs and goals.

During your 90-minute initial assessment, Dr. Schneller asks detailed questions about your symptoms and health concerns. She also reviews your medical history, including what medications and supplements you take and lifestyle habits.

She then performs a physical exam and may request lab work to assess general health or screen for health issues such as food sensitivities or micronutrient deficiencies. 

The goal of your comprehensive initial evaluation is to fully understand all the elements that affect your health and wellness. The data Dr. Schneller collects helps her develop a customized herbal medicine treatment plan. 

How do I take herbal medicine?

Dr. Schneller provides detailed instructions on how to take your herbal medicine. The dietary supplements come in many forms, including capsules, tablets, tinctures, and teas. 

Dr. Schneller considers your current health needs, future health risks, and personal preferences to determine the type of supplement best suited for you. 

She schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your health and symptoms and adjusts your treatment plan as needed. 

Herbal medicine complements your health and wellness routine. Call Inclusive Natural Medicine or book an appointment online today to schedule your herbal medicine consultation.