Also known as herbal medicine or herbalism, botanical medicine involves the use of plants to treat disease and promote health. The powerful medicinal properties of plants have been used for centuries. Animals and plants have evolved alongside each other for millennia, so it makes sense that our bodies respond readily to plant medicines. Various parts of plants are used for their healing effects and nutritional value to help heal wounds, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, soothe the gastrointestinal tract, aid digestion, enhance mood and improve cardiovascular health. Like many naturopathic modalities, herbal medicine is a very old form of medicine used by cultures all around the world.