Herbalism, also known as phytotherapy, is folk and traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts.
Finding healing powers in plants is an ancient idea. People in all continents have long used hundreds, if not thousands, of indigenous plants, for treatment of various ailments dating back to prehistory.
There is evidence that Neanderthals living 60,000 years ago (in present-day Iraq) used plants for medicinal purposes. These plants are still widely used in ethnomedicine around the world.
Many of the herbs and spices used by humans to season food yield useful medicinal compounds. The use and search for drugs and dietary supplements derived from plants have accelerated in recent years. Pharmacologists, microbiologists, botanists, and natural-products chemists are combing the Earth for phytochemicals and leads that could be developed for treatment of various diseases.
The use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized societies. A number of traditions came to dominate the practise of herbal medicine in the Western world at the end of the twentieth century.
These are Western (based on Greek and Roman sources), Ayurvedic (from India) and Chinese. Many of the pharmaceutical products currently available to Western physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including opium, aspirin, digitalis, taxol and quinine.
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