The main use of herbal medicines is for health promotion and treatment of chronic, as opposed to life-threatening conditions. However, the use of traditional remedies increases when conventional medicine is ineffective in the treatment of diseases, such as in advanced cancer and in the face of new infectious diseases. Herbal medicine aims to return the body to a state of natural equilibrium so that it can heal itself. Different herbs act on the different systems of the body.
An herb is a plant or part of a plant that is used for its aroma, flavor, or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicines are a type of dietary supplement. Sold as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts and fresh or dried plants. People use herbal medicines to try to maintain or improve their health.
This study obtains information on the use of herbal medicine in Germany with regard to the objectives of use, the role played by the type of disease, the reasons for the preferred use and the sources of information. Herbal medicines have gained popularity as potential therapeutic agents for the prevention and treatment of various liver diseases due to their high efficacy and low side effects. Over the past two decades, research efforts have intensified in both developed and developing countries to scientifically evaluate clinical use and validate herbal medicines. Many consider that herbal medicine offers an alternative treatment for various diseases, in particular lifestyle diseases that require lifelong pharmaceutical medication and therefore pose safety concerns.
Some herbal supplements, especially those imported from Asian countries, may contain high levels of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Any medication (herbal or otherwise) should be taken under the supervision of a qualified and knowledgeable professional. WHO has stated that trade in medicinal plants, herbal raw materials and herbal medicines is growing at an annual growth rate of about 15%. Most herbal remedies are obtained by alcoholic, acetonic or aqueous extraction and sometimes without manipulation of seeds, leaves, stems, bark or roots of these plants (Carrillo Esper et al.
Efficacy, Safety, Quality Control, Marketing and Regulation Guidelines for Herbal Medicines (Phytotherapeutic Agents). Examples of medicinal herbs include echinacea, kava, valerian, gingko biloba, ginseng and San. Later, chemists began to make their own version of plant compounds, and over time, the use of medicinal herbs declined in favor of medicines. This is because herbal supplements are not subject to clinical trials or to the same manufacturing standards as traditional prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Learn all you can about the herbs you are taking by consulting your doctor and contacting herbal supplement manufacturers for information. More and more healthcare providers are learning about the positive and potentially negative effects of using herbal medications to help treat health conditions. Renewed availability of high-throughput screening for target-based drug discovery, libraries containing a large number of high-purity phytochemicals, laboratory animal models simulating human diseases, profiling kits for drug toxicity studies and databases Bioinformatics for long-term safety prediction research interest in herbal medicine worldwide towards the discovery of new drugs. .