Herbal medicine is the use of plants to support health and treat ailments. Herbal medicines are derived from roots, stems, flowers or leaves of plants that are either used as is or processed into various forms such as liquid extracts, capsules, tablets or teas.
These types of products have been used medicinally for millennia. According to the World Health Organization, herbal medicine is one of the oldest forms of healing, with 80% of the world still using herbs as their primary form of healthcare today.
Recently in the Western World, and especially here in Canada, the use of herbs and natural products has seen an unprecedented increase, with sales of herbal products soaring and enrolment at herbal colleges growing steadily.
With roots in myriad cultures worldwide, herbal medicine encompasses many traditions. And while it is common for modern herbalists to learn about these various approaches, professional members of the BCHA are trained with an emphasis on Western herbal medicine.
Our professional members practice from a diverse range of training, specialties and therapeutic approaches that encompass the whole spectrum of Western plant medicine from traditional energetics to modern scientific research.
Visit our practitioner directory to learn more about our practitioners and find one that is a good match for you.