Teas, tinctures, tablets, powders…there are a lot of different ways to deliver herbal medicines. All of them work well and have been in vogue at various times throughout the history of natural medicine; if you trace your way back through the history of naturopathy (ending up at the genesis of Traditional Chinese Medicine), you can see different modalities cycling in and out of popularity.
Ultimately, it would be best if everyone could get fresh, organic herbs straight from their garden; but that just isn’t realistic for most people (even for avid gardeners, some medicinal herb varieties are hard to obtain as plants or seeds in Australia and can take a long time to cultivate). Powdered herbs in capsules and shop-bought teas are still going to work, but they’re pre-prepared with a wide range of patients in mind, rather than specifically tailored to an individual person and their exact body type/chemistry. When your naturopath prescribes liquid herbs, they’re carefully measured and prepared with your exact needs in mind. They’re also absorbed into the body more quickly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re more potent; just that you’ll be feeling the benefits sooner.
Liquid herbs are definitely the best choice when it comes to truly personalised healthcare, but the taste can take some getting used to (as opposed to just throwing down a pill). If you’re feeling apprehensive, pineapple juice makes a great, simple vehicle for liquid herbal treatments; alternatively, they can be mixed into smoothies (double check with your practitioner if there’s any fruits or vegetables you should be cutting down or bulking up on for the treatment to have maximum effect).