For a definite answer to what botanical medicine is, New York NY residents rely on Drs. Shapsis and Kachko of the NY Center for Integrative Medicine to help them understand the benefit of botanical medicine. Many people prefer to avoid pharmaceutical medications because they cause unwanted, sometimes severe, side effects. But, more importantly, botanical medicine is an evidence-based, alternative treatment for managing or even eliminating a variety of health problems.
A great deal of scientific research has been published that demonstrates the powerful therapeutic effects of herbs. Plants used in botanical medicine contain special chemicals such as flavonoids, phenolic acids, saponin, and triterpene glycosides that exert anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. Gingko, turmeric, tea tree oil, Echinacea, and chamomile are just a few of the dozens of plants the doctors utilize to treat conditions ranging from common skin irritations and migraines to arthritis, hypertension, and even diabetes.
When the thyroid gland does not release sufficient thyroid hormone, certain body processes do not function normally. An underactive thyroid can make you feel tired all the time, gain weight and suffer from swelling of your hands, feet, and ankles. If left untreated, hypothyroidism may promote heart disease, chronic joint pain, and obesity. Medications to treat hypothyroidism are known to make some people feel jittery, nauseous, and depressed. When safe and appropriate, botanical medicine may provide a better alternative to drugs prescribed for mild to moderate hypothyroidism.
A recent study published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies1 reports that lemon balm, rosemary, and sage may help people experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism by supporting the thyroid gland and encouraging the production of the hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Lemon balm contains rich amounts of selenium that increase antioxidant levels in the body and boosts thyroid functioning.
Garlic is known for its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-hypertensive properties. Research indicates that garlic modulates nitric oxide levels in the bloodstream and reduces enzymes responsible for releasing chemicals that constrict blood vessels. Additionally, garlic is a potent scavenger of free radicals that contribute to the development of many age-related diseases.
Grown mainly in North Africa and India, fenugreek is a versatile, medicinal herb used in botanical medicine for treating high cholesterol and diabetes. Fenugreek contains numerous bioactive compounds that produce an insulin-like effect in individuals with mild to moderate Type 2 diabetes. In addition to improving fasting glucose, fenugreek has been shown to reduce triglycerides, a type of cholesterol that contributes to arteriosclerosis and increases your risk for heart disease.
The benefit of botanical medicine for treating a myriad of health problems extends to preventative concerns as well. If you suffer from recurring migraines, joint pain, age-related memory loss, mild depression, or a general feeling of unwellness, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kachko or Dr. Shapsis in Brooklyn at the NY Center for Integrative Medicine. They will discuss your symptoms with you and get you started on a botanical treatment (as part of a comprehensive treatment program) addressing your health needs. Contact our office today at (718) 866-3695.
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