Herbal medicines are certain types of medicines which are purely made by herbs. They don’t have any side effects, mainly because most of them are found in nature and are not harmful to the human body. Many well established medicines originally come from plants which is very interesting and completely opposite of different medicines which are made in labs. For example, the painkiller morphine comes from poppies, aspirin comes from the bark of willow trees and dioxin ,a drug used to treat heart failure, comes from foxgloves.
Traditional herbal medicines have been used in the United Kingdom for centuries. Although there are other conventional medical treatments available, herbal medicines remain popular even today and continue to grow. A long time ago, herbal medicine was the only option, but people have strayed away from them due to the convenience and fast working action of drugs today. As our book says, “In the Western world, the feeling that “natural” is better than “chemical” or “synthetic” has launched the market for “natural” foods toa $12.9 billion industry, with “all natural” becoming the second most common…”(2).This shows that people are getting back into the ways of healing that people were using when they were the only option.
Though it is classed as a complementary medicine in the United Kingdom, it’s actually the most widely practiced form of medicine across the world. Eighty percent of the world’s population is dependent on herbs for their health. Some herbal treatments are well established, and have undergone clinical testing. This approach is best called phytotherapy and uses one remedy for one condition based on proper scientific testing. Traditional herbal medicine makes a diagnosis based on factors that are no longer used by conventional medicine. A patient is prescribed a herbal mixture that is individual to him and based on his characteristics. Therefore, 10 different people with depression, for example,
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