Botanical Medicine

FACT: 4 out of 5 people in the world use plants for medicine – not drugs, not the pharmacy.

And while 90% of flowering plants have been identified, less than 5% have been analyzed in the lab to determine its potential uses and characteristics. In short, the richness of our biodiversity remains unknown to us, and its future potential use in medicine as yet, a mystery remaining to be discovered.


“The history of creating synthetic drugs consistently shows that separating the so-called active ingredient from the rest of the plant to create substances not found in nature almost always creates harmful side effects, whereas plant medicines, used properly, rarely have harmful side effects. Nature has a great wisdom that humans have not been able to duplicate in synthetic drugs. Over million years of evolution, our biochemistry has become integrated very specifically with the natural world. Our bodies know how to take many natural substances, use them for energy, maintenance, and repair, and then efficiently excrete them when they are used up. Conversely, when synthetic, chemically altered hormone drugs occupy cell receptors, the message they convey may be different, even contrary to the hormone they are meant to simulate. Such effects are called side effects. Further, being foreign to normal metabolic processes, they cannot be excreted as well.”   

“The addition or subtraction of a few atoms of a molecule can make a big difference in their effects on the body. The molecular difference between testosterone and estradiol is one hydrogen atom and a couple of double bonds. Amazing! Adding or subtracting one hydrogen atom at a specific place on a molecule can make the difference between a man and a woman!”

– Dr. John Lee, MD

The use of plant (herbal/ botanical ) medicines is a time-honored tradition spanning all of human history. Thousands of plant medicines from around the world are now subject to careful chemical analysis and clinical research to determine their precise values. Some of the most extensive work in this area has been done in Germany and Japan. In general, this scientific work has made it possible to apply plant medicines with far greater precision and effectiveness. Many of the pharmaceuticals currently available to physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including: aspirin, digitalis, and quinine, opiates (morphine), metformin, colchicine, and guiafenesin.

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White Rock Naturopathic Herbal Apothecary (

The clinic’s herbal apothecary offers a huge selection of herbs in many different forms:

  • Over 130 Loose leaf herbs (for medicinal teas, infusions, decoctions, and topical compresses or liniments); including ready made teas from The Algonquin Tea Company & Harmonic Arts;
  • An equal number of botanicals of the highest quality and concentration are also available in liquid extract (tincture) form, from our professional line of botanical tinctures;
  • A full range of traditional Chinese formulas in pill & tablet form (many different brands are offered including: Golden Flower, KPC, Blue Poppy, KP, Three Treasures, Women’s Treasure, Remedia, Gentle Warriors, etc.)
  • Salves, creams and liniments; from both western herbalism and Chinese medicine;
  • A pediatric line of glycerine based tinctures (alcohol free); including North American made Chinese formulas that are used for treating the most common childhood conditions;
  • A broad array of tinctures; including:
  • Dr. Grodski’s own Traditional World Medicine Herbal Formulas line of tinctures (which includes both traditionally used formulas as well as individually prescribed formulas for patients using botanical tinctures comprised of herbs from around the world and used in different herbal traditions);
  • Dr. Grodski’s own line of Chinese herbal medicine tinctures; one of the few available in North America;
  • Over 4000 remedies are available from Dr Grodski’s homeopathic dispensary;
  • A broad array of flower essences, both traditional Bach, and FES;
  • Burnables and nature scents from Juniper Ridge & Harmonic Arts;