Herbalism is use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such use. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Peoples use herbal medicine to improve their health. Herbal medicines do not have to go through the testing that drugs do. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease.
Modern medicine, does, however, make use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-tested pharmaceutical drugs, and phytotherapy works to apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and medicines that are derived from natural sources. Herbal medicine aims to return the body to a state of natural balance, so that it can start healing itself. Some herbs, such as comfrey and ephedra, can cause serious harm.Unless mixed with other chemical components, they are known to be all natural.Some herbs have potent ingredients and should be treated with the same care and respect as pharmaceutical drugs.A pharmaceutical drug typically uses a synthesized version of a plant’s active ingredient. Some herbs may cause allergic reactions or interact with conventional drugs, and some are toxic if used improperly or at high doses. Practitioners of herbal medicine maintain that an active ingredient can lose its impact or become less safe, if used in isolation from the rest of the plant.
Herbs can be used to treat a wide range of disorders like- anexity,depression,high blood pressure,hormonal imbalance,insomnia,poor blood circulation,skin problems, migraines,nausea.
People across the world have been using herbal medicines since ages.The market for Ayurveda medicines is estimated to be expanding at 20% annually. Sales of medicinal plants have grown by nearly 25% in India in past ten years (1987-96)The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4 billion people--80 percent of the world population--use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Individuals have been able to sustain full faith on this remedy which has a history of more than 5000 years for curing various ailments.The utilization of herbal drugs is on the flow and the market is growing step by step. The annual turnover of the Indian herbal medicinal industry is about Rs. 2,300 crore.The export of medicinal plants and herbs from India has been quite substantial in the last few years. India is second largest producer of castor seeds in the world producing about 1, 25,000tonnes per annum.The herbal medicines today symbolize safety in contrast to the synthetics that are regarded as unsafe to human and environment.Herbal medicines are as well in huge demand in the developed world for health care for the reason that they are efficient, safe and have lesser side effects.The annual turnover of Indian herbal industry was estimated around US $ 300 million in Ayurveda and Unani medicine was about US $ 27.7 million. The sale of herbal medicines is expected to get higher at 6.4% an average annual growth rate.
Handbook on Herbal Medicines describes detailed information on subject. The major contents of this book are -Use of Herbal Medicines for Masses,Research of Ayurveda medicines,Study with a Herbal Drug-"Pippalli Rasayana" Preparation of drug,Commonly available Plants Tested for Lowering Blood Sugar,Cure of Goiter by Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines,Use of Byronic Laciniosa to get Male Child,A Report on the Effect of Sookshma Triphala on Anjananamika,Holistic Management of Bronchial Asthma,Chronic Pancreatitis with Multiple Pancreatic,Anantavata-Trigeminal Neuralgia,Impotency,Role of Ayurveda in Veterinary Science,Botanical Name of Drugs,Research Abstracts,Ayurveda on the WEB,Databases,Drugs (Dravyas) and their EquivalentsClinical Study of Bhunimbadi Ghanasar Tablets (BNK) in the treatment of seven common Symtoms of Amlapitta, A Report on the Effect of Sookshma Triphala on Anjananamika etc.
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