Herbal Medicine includes the use of naturally occurring substances from plants and animal to help heal the body. These herbs work in much the same way as acupuncture by affecting the flow of Qi or the Yin and Yang of the body. If one of these forces is out of balance, herbs can be used to bring the body back to balance.
Herbal Medicine: How Does It Compare to Traditional Drugs?
In Western Medicine, the equivalent to Eastern Herbals would be pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, heart medications, and anti-inflammatory medications. Eastern Herbals are usually a combination of substances put together in order to achieve a certain goal after an Eastern medical diagnosis is made. Both Western pharmaceuticals and Eastern Herbs are prescription medications.
Western herbs, on the other hand, do not require a medical diagnosis. They are usually singular in form instead of a combination of ingredients and are used to treat symptoms of disease.