About Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine known. Here in the UK it is generally considered to be a complementary therapy but for 80% of the world’s population it is still mainstream and often it is the only form of medicine available.
Although it is an ancient craft, tracing its origins back to the beginning of recorded history, modern scientific methods have enabled the instinctive knowledge of our ancestors to be built upon and scientifically evaluated.
The era of modern pharmaceutical drugs began only in 1897 when aspirin was synthesized from salicin, a naturally occurring constituent of the meadowsweet plant. Since then many hundreds of medicines have been formulated from plants. More recently, for example, the important breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, was synthesized from a chemical present in the yew tree. Even now, the ongoing present-day search for new medicines almost always begins with the plant world.