A Research Paper Presented to
International Language Department
Centro Escolar University
Joanna Mae E. dela Cruz
Ma. Lynne Queen B. Morales
Raemhelle Elaine Palad
Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. For
example, ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal plant
uses. Indigenous cultures such as African and Native American used herbs in their
healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems in which herbal
therapies were used systematically. Scientists found that people in different parts of the
globe tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
In the early 19th century, when methods of chemical analysis first became
available, scientists began extracting and modifying the active ingredients from plants.
Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds, beginning the
transition from raw herbs to synthetic pharmaceuticals. Over time, the use of herbal
medicines declined in favor of pharmaceuticals.
Long before the introduction of modern medicines and Western curative
methods, herbal medicines had been widely used in the Philippines.
The use of medicinal plants or herbs has been gaining popularity this past few
years in the Philippines and worldwide as more clinical proof emerges that validates
many of the age-old alternative medicines used by Filipino folks that has been passed
on. The curative effects of the herbs were tested by traditional healers on their patient.
The knowledge and skills on the curative application of any given herbal medicine has
been handed down from generation to generation.
Whenever a culture attempts to assimilate alien ideas, social stresses are bound to occur,...