Our ancient ancestors were using herbal medicine to treat 99% of their ailments thousands of years ago. In our modern culture, about 95% of people these days go to their primary care physician and get a prescription for a synthetic drug to treat whatever medical condition they may have at that time. Our ancestors did have it right as about 25 percent of the drugs prescribed worldwide are derived from plants. More than that most of the common ailments people suffer from in this modern age can still be treated with the remedies of our ancestors. Read along to learn more about Herbal Medicine.
Of the 252 drugs in the World Health Organization’s essential medicine list, 11 percent are exclusive of plant origin. In fact, about 200 years ago the first pharmacological compound, morphine, was produced from opium extracted from the seed pods of the poppy flower. Since then, scientists have been studying plants to create the pharmaceutical products we know today. But after years of over medicating, facing resistant bacteria in the microbiome and treating the illness rather than the root of the problem, people are now paying more attention to natural, herbal medicine. (1)
Millions of dollars have recently been invested in looking for promising medicinal herbs. These substantial research investments in traditional herbal medicine are still relatively modest when compared to the overall pharmaceutical industry, but it proves that researchers are beginning to steer away from conventional drug development and look toward more alternative and natural forms of treatment.
Natural plant products have been used throughout human history for various purposes. In fact, written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5,000 years, and for much of history, herbal medicine was the only medicine.