The use of herbal medicine dates back to early civilizations. It entails the use of plants as medicines to cure illness and improve people’s overall health and wellness.
Some plants should be used with the same level of caution as pharmaceutical drugs because they contain potent (strong) components. In actuality, many pharmaceutical drugs are man-made derivatives of naturally occurring plant components. For instance, the foxglove plant served as the source for the cardiac medication digitalis.
Active components are found in herbal medications. Many herbal medicines’ active components are yet unknown. Some pharmaceutical drugs have just one active component that comes from a botanical source. Herbalists hold that if an active element is utilized separately from the rest of the plant, it may lose its effectiveness or become less safe.
For instance, the plant meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, which is used to manufacture aspirin. Aspirin can make the stomach lining bleed, however, meadowsweet naturally includes other substances that shield the skin from salicylic acid irritants.
Practitioners of herbal medicine think that the complete plant has a bigger impact than the sum of its parts. The nature of herbal medicine, according to its detractors, makes it challenging to provide an accurate amount of an active component.