Alternative Medicine: Setting the Record Straight


Aspirin, is synthesized from the compound Salicylic Acid - found from the herb Willow Bark?

Today, there are 120+ chemical compounds derived from plants that are considered "paramount drugs" across the world (1).

I promise alternative medicine modalities are not here to convince you to move to the nearest tiny home nor contract you to give up pizza forever...

Traditional medicine has been used for thousands and thousands of years (with success), but in no way operates in direct opposition to western medicine. There is a place for both Western (Allopathic Medicine) as well as Traditional (Alternative) Medicine Modalities.

Modern medicine is absolutely necessary and incredible. However, let us remember that medicinal amalgamation exists exclusively because of plants. Our first establishment of medicine was derived from some of the very pants that grow rougely in your backyard or nearby metro park.

Many alternative medicine modalities utilize herbal medicine within their practice. Traditional medical systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have used the energetics and healing influences of herbs for thousands of years. These modalities are inherently complex systems based on lineage and experience from thousands and thousands of years of practice, slowly developing and fine-tuning the practice to a delicate science.




The action of an herb is quite specific, including the bodily system it supports and its particular function within that system.


Proper dosage is EVERYTHING.

That being said, sprinkling turmeric in your veggie omelet is not going to cut it.

Most individuals seeking herbal support for health benefits or to relieve acute symptoms have not been exposed to proper dosing. This leads to the proclamation that herbal medicine "does not work" (i.e. same idea as taking 100mg Aspirin for a broken leg...)


A single herb has thousands of individual constituents that make up its chemical composition. Herbs have been extracted thousands of times over by pharmaceutical companies and re-manufactured to provide relief to billions of individuals worldwide. Ex: Salicylic Acid extracted from Willow Bark to create Aspirin. 

Natural medicine is not something of the past... we must further utilize natural methods to tap back into preventative health, wellness, and environmental stewardship.

Herbal medicine is designed carefully to address specific needs of the individual. Trained healthcare practitioners often devise appropriate herbal formulas according to the constitution of the individual (genetics and physiology), nature of the disease, and the nature of the herb. 

CASE STUDY: 2 men (both 52 yrs old) meet w/ Dr. Smith for management of Coronary Artery Disease. The lifestyle and herbal formula devised between the two individuals would be quite different. 

Individuals are just that, individual. Unique.

Every disease is unique to the individual;

therefore, treatment is unique.  

Alternative medicine (specifically Ayurveda) approaches disease from a bottom-up model rather than top-down.

Each individual and each disease is looked at carefully to best understand the nature of the individual and the ailment presented.

Ayurvedic Medicine goes beyond surface level symptoms to address disease and uses clinical approaches to unfurl disease from the root cause - offering systemic relief to the mind, body, and spirit.


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to email me, or visit my consultation pages for one-on-one consultation packages.

*This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult a healthcare practitioner before administering use, especially if pregnant, nursing, on medication. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not to be used for diagnoses, treatment, or prevention of disease. 

Marina Zahran