Herbal medicine involves using seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for treatment of diseases. Herbalism is widespread today as improvements in clinical research demonstrated the importance of herbal medicine in the treatment and prevention of diseases. The use of herbal supplements has increased significantly over the past 45 years. That’s why more and more scientists begin to research this field. The most famous herbalists and naturopaths are:
- Dr. Bernard Jensen
- Dr. Eric Bakker
- Dr. Edward Shook.
Herbs were used in supernatural rites in many native cultures, while other countries have created the conventional system of medicine in which plant based medicines are combined with drugs. Scientists found that people in different parts of the planet tend to use the same or similar plants for treating similar symptoms.
At the end of the 18th century, when chemical analysis became available, chemists began to draw out and modify the active elements of plants. Later, the chemists started making their own version of plant elements, and with the lapse of time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.
Today 75% of people worldwide rely on plant based medicines for some of their primary health care. Over the past 30 years, public dissatisfaction with drugs in the combination with a growing interest in using of natural remedies, has led to increase in the use of herbal medicines for the prevention and cure. And modern naturopaths such as Eric Bakker prefer to combine natural methods of healing and conventional medicine.
In fact, specialists aren’t sure what specific element in a particular herb works to treat a condition or disease. Herbs contain many elements, and they can work together to produce the best healing effect. The herbs are necessary to nourish and balance the system.