Interesting Facts about Herbal Medicine

  1. Modern medicine is desperately short of new treatments. Drugs take years to get through the research and development pipeline, at enormous cost. So scientists and pharmaceutical companies are increasingly searching Traditional or herbal medicines for new drug sources.
  2. Large sections of the population in developing countries still rely on traditional practitioners and herbal medicines for their primary care. In Africa 90% and in India 70% of the population depend on traditional medicine to help meet their health care needs.
  3. The use of traditional medicines is not limited to developing countries, and during the past decades, public interest in natural therapies has increased greatly in industrialized countries, with expanding use of ethnobotanicals.
  4. The most common reason for using traditional medicine is that it is more affordable, more closely corresponds to the patient’s ideology.
  5. Currently, herbs are applied to the treatment of chronic and acute conditions and various ailments and problems such as cardiovascular disease, prostate problems, depression, inflammation and also to boost the immune system.
  6. Herbs and plants can be processed and can be taken in different ways and forms, and they include the whole herb, herbal teas, syrup, essential oils, ointments, salves, rubs, capsules, and tablets that contain a ground or powdered form of a raw herb or its dried extract.

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