Neglected or even forgotten, herbal medicine is beginning to be rediscovered along with natural and simple but effective action.

Advances in chemistry and the development of pharmacology in the eighteenth century have gradually replaced the herbal remedies. Requirements based on chemicals extracted from plants have increased as well: the success of pharmaceutical chemistry was so undeniable. Remedies called “simple” that is to say medicinal plants in their natural state were neglected or ignored. However, herbal medicine had not completely disappeared but remained veiled by the popularity of the pharmacology, including synthetic drugs. The euphoria caused by the success of pharmaceutical chemistry did not last very long.

Indeed, and contrary to what was believed, drugs and synthetic antibiotics increasingly powerful, could not completely eradicate certain infectious diseases. While a significant number of lives were saved thanks to them, but they also provoked resistance, allergies and other side effects. Synthetic drugs are very effective but have significant side effects and significant (vomiting, nausea, visual disturbances and motor) on the individual. As pharmaceutical chemistry had limits, phytotherapy was again “rediscovered” with the medicinal plants that have as much “value” than synthetic drugs. In contrast to chemically synthesized substances, plants exert their actions in a physiological way, gentle and safe.


No physical or psychological dependence is observed when using herbs unlike stimulants, sedatives, sleeping pills and other drugs obtained by synthesis. Admittedly, chemical drugs have an effect far more powerful and faster than medicinal plants but also have side effects and addiction notable. As or more effective than synthetic substances, herbal medicines are less cons-indications, have virtually no side effects and do not create dependency. The rediscovery of the value of natural remedies that medicine tends to use medicinal plants today. Although the effects are slower, their results are better long term and for chronic diseases.

The active principles of plants are more easily absorbed than their inorganic obtained by chemical synthesis. Less dangerous in its natural state except for some highly toxic plants (digitalis, belladonna), medicinal plants have the advantage of being gentle remedies. Valerian can easily replace a sedative chemical example, rosemary relieves rheumatic pain easily, as in senna, it solves chronic constipation. As well as synthetic drugs attack the roots of evil, herbal medicine does the same as it uses plants to fight disease and treatment is proportional to its severity status or nuisance.

Treatment of conditions with plants, herbal medicine is often called “alternative medicine” although it may also be called medicine “simple”: a simple plant, simple leaves, flowers or roots can indeed relieve or cure a disease or condition . The lively interest in the medicine “simple” is because the side effects and adverse drug synthesis are too numerous and that the risk of resistance and dependence is very important. Herbal medicine is an alternative to the “classical medicine” and the renewed interest in it is in fact that “a return to nature” just .