Practitioners in Plant Medicine: Dr. Aimee Gregorie Bachelier
Sep 13, 2019 05:06PM
Dr. Aimee Gregorie Bachelier is reminded of her first insight into plants: plants in pots around the house, indoor and out, some of them with delicate white flowers, and some with long dagger-shaped flesh, like the aloe vera succulent. It wasn’t uncommon to see aloe growing here in the Southwest, but it never crossed her mind to imagine the good it was capable of. Now a Naturopathic Physician at Purity of Life, in Tucson, Bachelier assists with Medical Marijuana certification and makes house calls utilizing botanical medicine.
Botanical medicine, or plant-based medicine, focuses on more than the herbs of herbal remedies, to include other plant parts, such as bark, seeds, roots and stems. Botanicals first introduced on the drug market for therapeutic use were pure natural products derived from plants, like Morphine, derived from the opium poppy.
“A living plant is a complex system. It fuels itself from sunlight and water, creating energy. It is this power, synergy or entourage of the whole plant that makes it greater than its parts,” explains Bachelier.
Because of America’s opioid epidemic and resulting “opiophobia”, more people are turning to more natural options like organically farmed, whole foods and botanical medicine. Medical claims are not to be made for natural products, as they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Take, for example, the hemp plant. A full-spectrum, naturally extracted CBD from the plant is of a better quality and concentration, and preferred therapeutically to an isolated component of the plant, mainly because it contains additional phytocannabinoids, or trace amounts of other plant parts, working in conjunction with one another to create a synergistic effect.
Historically, hemp products have been used to combat anxiety and depression, relieve pain and calm nerves. New scientific evidence has presented anti-oxidative and analgesic effects, neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties, all regulated in one way or another by the endocannabinoid system.
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