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What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine utilizes the healing properties of plant substances to restore health. Since antiquity, mankind has used plants for healing. In fact, most of our modern drugs are originally derived from plant substances. In earlier times, plants were venerated because they were known to have valuable properties. During medieval times, the use of herbs was laden with superstition, incantation and ritual.

Modern science has analysed and studied the therapeutic effects of plants. This has led to the identification, comparison and classification of the various properties so that plants with similar effects may be grouped together, and the most effective selected for further investigation. Medicinal plants are defined as those, which produce one or more active constituents capable of preventing or curing an illness.

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