Botanical medicine comprises plants (or substances that come from plants) that are used to treat or prevent disease. Plants have been used in this way in all cultures from pre-history on.

Many people use the term herbal remedies, which is fine. We use the term botanical medicine because it includes plant parts that are not strictly herbs, such as bark, seeds, roots, and stems.

Popular botanicals include:

  • Cranberry
  • Saw palmetto
  • Soy
  • Echinacea
  • St. John's Wort
  • Gingko