Phytotherapy is the use of medicinal plants to naturally treat or prevent various ailments of the human body. In herbal tea, in tablets, in capsules, in bottles or in ampoules, plants can be presented in different forms.
The history of medicinal plants
Throughout the centuries and continents, men have acquired the knowledge and use of plants in order to benefit from their medicinal virtues. In the beginning, plants were used in religious and magical rituals in various traditional medicines around the world. Like aromatherapy, the first traces of medicine by plants are found in 3000 years BC, but a little further east, in the Sumerian civilization (located in the south of present-day Iraq). But afterwards, plants were relegated to the rank of grandmother's remedies with a questioning of their virtues to the sole benefit of modern chemistry drugs.
But this sidelining only lasted a short time, the harmful effects of many chemical drugs were quickly revealed with unprecedented scandals (Mediator, Depakine,...). During the last decades, different scientific studies have confirmed the benefits of medicinal plants for our health. In this same period, the will of an ever increasing number of people looking for a natural way to treat themselves has allowed phytotherapy to enter our everyday life.
The advent of phytotherapy is marked by the emergence of a reconciliation between the traditional use of plants and scientific research. Scientific and technical progress has made it possible to offer therapeutic forms that are increasingly safe, more appropriate and more effective while respecting ethical and eco-responsible values.
Did you know that ?
Several medicines are inspired by plants in nature and in the traditional use of people, this is called biomimicry.
Aspirin is one of the most widely used painkillers and blood thinners in the world.
Morphine and codeine, are two essential analgesics to alleviate pain of strong intensity.
Quinine, is the essential molecule to fight malaria and certain skin diseases.
Taxotere, is the leading molecule in the treatment of breast cancer.
Digitalis, is the molecule that stimulates the heart in the case of heart failure.
Totum, the synergy of action
Unlike the chemical drug whose action is based on a single molecule of synthesis, the medicinal plant is based on all its components that will act in synergy, this is called the totum.
Did you know that ?
The synergy of action of several components allows to obtain a unique action and always more effective than if they were taken separately. It is the same principle as the cocktail effect with active ingredients acting in harmony to achieve a unique effect.
Plants : a field with multiple applications
Medicinal plants are proposed through food supplements. Sleep disorders, digestion problems, stress and fatigue,... both for prevention and for the treatment of everyday ailments of the human body, medicinal plants have a multitude of applications.