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herb·al ther·a·py

(ĕr'băl thār'ă-pē)
The use of herbs and other plants for their medicinal qualities.
Synonym(s): phytomedicine, phytotherapy.


Medical treatment based on plant extracts and products. Many important drugs are derived from plants but, in scientific medicine, these are purified and assayed and their effect is known and can be predicted. Treatment using crude plant extracts can be dangerous because of the wide and uncontrolled range of potency involved in seemingly identical samples of the same plant. A diet based on a high intake of vegetables and fruit is to be recommended on strong scientific evidence as a means of reducing the risk of cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

Patient discussion about phytotherapy

Q. Which of these meds are better and without any side effect, chemical medicine or Chinese herbal medicine. Hi, I want to know which of these medicines are better and without any side effect, chemical medicine or Chinese herbal medicine. Can herbal treat all diseases?

A. Hi rohan this question always get me going;;CHINESE MED ARE USED MORE FOR PREVENTION,and like BRANDON said most drugs are made from plants?and ther is NO such thing as a med without side effects.natural is not always true,and herbal refers to (plants).If you have a diseace there is no quick cure,most diseases are controlled by meds---dont be fooled by the HYPE--mrfoot56--peace

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Keywords Adaptogens, phytotherapy, pharmacology, herbal medicine.
Therefore, it is imperative that rational phytotherapy remove nonscientific elements from traditional herbal medicine and make medicinal herbs accessible to modern research trends in pharmacology, analytical chemistry, medicine, and molecular biology.
Phytotherapy as distinct from homeopathy and antroposophic medicine, avoids mixing plant and synthetic bioactive substances.
During the phytotherapy treatment, animals were housed individually, and individual 24-h food intake and body weight were measured weekly.
It is officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) along with Unani (Greek) Medicine and Phytotherapy (Herbalism).
Stajner, "Antioxidant and scavenging capacity of Anacamptis pyrimidalis L.--pyrimidal orchid from Vojvodina," Phytotherapy Research, vol.
For this informal review, the authors surveyed the primary literature on medicinal plants and their effects on cytokine expression, taking special care to analyze research that utilized the multi-component extracts equivalent to or similar to what are used in traditional medicine, clinical phytotherapy, or in the marketplace.
It includes exercise therapy, hydro-/thermotherapy, lifestyle-regulative therapy, dietetic therapy, and phytotherapy. As extended naturopathic methods, classical naturopathy includes neurotherapy and derivative methods such as cupping or leeching.
Blackberry anthocyanins may also help protect against sun damage to the skin--(Phytotherapy Research, January 2012 and Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, February 2011).
Chapter 1 attempts to place phytotherapy in context by briefly reviewing the history and origins of herbal therapeutics and includes a discussion on the development of herbal medicine as a practice.
This study reports a literature review aimed to analyse various studies related to the use of phytotherapy in diabetes mellitus in Turkey in order to provide additional information for healthcare professionals.
Homeolab USA offers a complete line of more than 200 prime quality natural products in the homeopathy, phytotherapy, aromatherapy and trace mineral categories.