Herbal remedies can be used as source for addiction treatment. Ayurvedic medicine, which has a 10,000 year old history in the use of medicinal plants, is one of the oldest codified systems in existence. Herbs for healing wounds, spiritual and psychological trauma, restoring sexual health, and addiction recovery, were all part of the pharmacopoeia.
Because of the psychological and spiritual basis for herbology in traditional cultures, both ancient and modern, issues such as addiction were treated with the understanding that diagnostic and healing mechanisms transcended physical pathological functions. Hence, we have the Ayurvedic elemental system such as earth, air, water, fire, and ether that corresponded to various organ activity, seasonal change, temperature, color, and taste. Chinese medicine has a similar elemental system based on wood, earth, metal, fire, and water. It is in the use of these parameters that the herbalists, acupuncturists, and nutritionists have revealed the direction the practitioner should go in treating the patient.
The medical system used in the United States stands in sharp contrast to Eastern methods. Western pharmaceutical drugs are designed in laboratories to mimic the chemistry of herbs. Most pharmaceuticals, in fact, are no longer created using natural plant materials. Natural herbs can be dried, compounded by hand, boiled, steeped, or taken raw. More modern methods allow one to take herbal medicine in capsule, pill, or powder form for easier ingestion.
Whether or not herbal remedies are used depends on the options available to the patient as well as personal choice.