Most pharmaceuticals in use today were inspired by compounds found in nature. Modern research is showing that using whole-herb preparations is often, but not always, more effective than isolating a specific compound from the herb. This is attributable to the synergistic effects of the many compounds contained within a plant as compared with the one compound, one receptor theory of pharmaceutical use. Our herbal preparations include tinctures (alcohol extracts), glycerites (glycerin extracts), teas, salves (topical applications), and others.Used properly, herbal medicine can not only help manage specific symptoms, but it can also support the body as a whole while doing so.
Supplements are individual compounds or mixtures of compounds that are innately found within the body and within the diet. These include vitamins, minerals, or biochemicals of physiologic importance. Ideally these should come from a good diet, however when people fall into disease states, they can become depleted of these important items. In these cases, supplementing with a quantity that is much higher than what is available in food is often useful. Some supplements include herbs in the formulas.
A homeopathic preparation is created by placing a substance in an alcohol:water mixture, diluting this mixture in water, and then succussing this dilution. This process imparts a pattern of the original substance to the water, thus changing the bonding structure of the water. The body can recognize this pattern, which it uses like information to inform the function of the body system and to allow the body to cultivate strength to heal itself. Homeopathy is a tool used for physical, emotional and mental illness.