Many plant substances are powerful medicine with some advantages over conventional drugs. They are effective and safe when used properly, in the right dose and in proper combination with other herbs and treatments. Their organic nature makes botanicals compatible with the body’s own chemistry; they can be gentle and effective with a few toxic side effects.

Remember that natural medicine seeks to determine the cause of disease, not just work on symptoms and that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. Herbal remedies have a balancing and supporting effect. Unlike certain pharmaceutical drugs, which may be prescribed to stop a symptom, herbal remedies will be used to support the identified cause of your symptom. When the cause of your disease is treated, and the symptom resolves, the herb may not be needed any longer. In this way, healing is brought about and dependence on a particular substance is avoided.

Dr. Taylor is trained both in the use of Western botanical medicines and Chinese herbal formulas.