Phytotherapy as a whole and in its fields of action

The expression “phytotherapy” comes from the Greek phyton which means plants and therapeia which means to heal. In fact, it is a natural medicine based particularly on the use of plants and their extracts. We obviously note the essential oils, the oral powders (dried leaves) and the mother tinctures of the flowering tops.

Considered as conventional medicine (by the WHO), herbal medicine can cure or prevent several diseases. Indeed, with a use alone or in synergy, it makes it possible to treat and attenuate various evils. Currently, herbalists are starting to offer other methods that combine well-being, relaxation and stress management. This also makes it possible to really potentiate its beneficial effects. This then induces a total care of the patient and his problems.

Phytotherapy and its history

The first footprint of theuse of medicinal plants dates back several centuries (3000 BC). The Sumerians testify to the use of hundreds of therapeutic plants at that time. Indeed, we know that they used several decoctions and infusions of plants to treat various chronic diseases. From that time until today, herbal medicine ranks as the most widespread medicine across the world. In fact, it’s the medicinal technique the most popular and the most appreciated by a large number of people.

With the advent of scientific medicine in the West (end of the 19th century), it experienced a rapid decline. This degeneration is also linked to the appearance of modern drugs such as cortisone, aspirin and antibiotics. However, because of the adverse effects of these drugs, people decide to turn to herbal medicine. And thanks to its growing popularity, scientists began new research in the late 1970s.

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Phytotherapy: principle and benefits

For solve certain problems in phytotherapy, the active principles of plants are used in particular. These elements promote the treatment of certain ailments and diseases. Herbalists can recommend different approaches such as:

  • The holistic approach which focuses on the effects of the plant (as a whole) on the whole individual;
  • Approaches that are more concerned with symptoms and that focus on the biochemical knowledge of plants.

In its benefits, herbal medicine is useful in prevention and support. It is fast acting and has no habituation effect. This is another alternative of traditional care that people often use for its efficiency.

Things to know about herbal medicine

The herbalists and herbalists regularly work in health centers or in private practice. Generally, a herbal medicine session includes:

  • An assessment of the patient’s health and lifestyle,
  • An analysis of the symptoms (of the condition),
  • And a herbal prescription.


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