Plant medicine, herbal therapy or Phytotherapy comprises the use of whole plants or parts of them, to treat ailments or conditions that unbalance and disharmonize a person, generating some disease or pathology.
Despite being natural products, plants are not totally harmless because they can contain compounds that are harmful to health, so it is essential to be cautious in their use since they can interact with each other or with another synthetic chemical product and generate adverse effects for health.
Modern medicine, through clinical and biochemical analyzes supported by the advancement of technology and research, has managed to specify which are the main components of plants that act on health, differentiating those suitable for that purpose or those potentially toxic or dangerous .
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of the world's population depends on medicinal plants for their primary health care.
The importance of medicinal plants is more evident in developing countries, which in turn have the greatest biodiversity in the world. In Pakistan, for example, it is estimated that 80% of people depend on them to heal and in China, 40%.
In developed countries such as the United States, it is estimated that 60% of the population makes regular use of medicinal plants to combat ailments and in Japan the demand for medicinal plants is higher than for synthetic drugs.
Medicinal Plants are important and will continue to be so in the future because:
- They represent a potential bank of medicines to be discovered: There are many plant species that have not yet been investigated and their active principles could be decisive in curing current or future diseases.
- They have a synergistic effect: The components of the plants interact in a complementary way, enhancing or neutralizing their possible effects.
- They represent a support for conventional medicine: The treatment of very complex diseases can be based, in some cases, on the medicinal properties of plants or their derivatives.
- They are the basis of preventive medicine: The preventive nature of the consumption of medicinal plants is indisputable. For example, healthy eating based on the consumption of vegetables, contributes to preventing the appearance of the so-called Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and many others that constitute the epidemics of the times. that run.
Plant remedies can include the leaves, roots, barks, fruits or flowers, or the entire plant. Some of them may combine from different plant species.
Its most common administration is in the form of powders, granules, tablets, capsules or ingested as teas or herbal teas; some are applied to the skin as part of gels, ointments, resinous ointments or added in solution to immersion baths. Another common form of prescription consists of formulas prepared with the active principles (purified ingredients) of plants, studied and tested in laboratories under strict manufacturing regulations, paying attention to the safety and effectiveness of their components.
Although many of the plants that supply this industry are the product of wild collection, most come from crops, so they represent an opportunity to undertake. In this way, promoting the use of cultivated and native medicinal and aromatic plants, with their subsequent transformation into phytomedicines, can represent an interesting activity for both medium and small farmers, offering an alternative solution to economic, social and environmental problems, in the framework of a new rural development policy.
If you were interested in this topic, we invite you to learn about the online course:
Phytotherapy for Professionals: a natural alternative for human health, which begins on October 11. The course will be in charge of Hugo Goldberg: Doctor graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (1969). National Registration 35674. Specialist in Medical Clinic. Former Vice President of the Argentine Phytomedicine Association. Member of the Argentine Society of Anthropological Medicine. And it will be delivered on the virtual platform of ACP.
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