Worldwide Frontline Phytotherapy Research

Posted on December 2, 2010

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What is Scientific Phytotherapy?

Scientific Phytotherapy, also known as Phytotherapy is modern herbal medicine at its best. It applies scientific research and the highest professional standards to the practice of herbal medicine. Phytotherapy adapts to a recent worldwide growth in scientific information on plant-based drugs and their effective and safe use. Modern phytotherapists study the active ingredients of plants and choose the most effective herbs from the best quality sources. They also base their study on the experience of traditional medicine that has been developing effective remedies for thousands of years. Around 750,000 species of plants exist on the Earth – there is  an enormous potential to find and develop new medicines for incurable illnesses.


Herbs as medicine: Around 1/4 of all pharmaceutical drugs currently prescribed by doctors have been derived from plants. In many European countries plants provided by doctors and pharmacists are defined as “phyto-medicines” or “phyto-pharmaceuticals”.

From the medicine of early  civilisations to Scientific Phytotherapy

 

All encyclopaedias point out that herbal medicine is as old as humanity. Phytotherapy is based on the oldest and most universal system of medicine. Every early civilisation used plants as its main source of medicine, and most of the world’s population still rely on them. During various epochs the forms and methods of herbal usage were diverse and even today these forms are wide-ranging around the globe.

A green revolution in the development of Scientific Phytotherapy was given by a resolution voted in 1977 by the World Health Organization, the specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health. The resolution has promoted the expansion of the Scientific Phytotherapy research: experiments and clinical tests in the field of traditional medicine and the medicinal herbs.

More information on:

http://Scientific Phytotherapy

Links to interesting Phytotherapy research journals:


HERBALGRAM, American Botanical Council

PYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH, Onlinelibrary, wiley.com

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