History of phytotherapyMedicinal plants: a thousand-year history … ever more current Cures between technology and tradition We and plants: food and more From the plant to the product Attention to purchases The phytocomplex Resort to phytotherapy
- Medicinal plants: a thousand-year history … increasingly relevant
- The treatments between technology and tradition
- We and plants: food and more
- From the plant to the product
- Attention to purchases
- The phytocomplex
- Resort to phytotherapy
Medicinal plants: a thousand-year history … increasingly relevant
A truly singular phenomenon is now under everyone's eyes, given the high technological level achieved by medicine in every research sector: in all countries, even the most developed and technologically advanced, the interest in herbal medicine is growing very quickly and, more generally, towards the so-called natural medicines; these curative practices, more recently framed in the field of complementary and alternative medicines, seem to attract consumers and scholars or researchers in equal measure.
We must ask ourselves what value to give to this phenomenon: are we going back or are we in the presence of a "healthy" and scientifically founded recovery of millennial knowledge, still effective for the protection of our health?
If you think about it, it is certainly not by chance that some curative practices, today framed in the field of phytotherapy, have already been known for millennia and have been handed down in all cultures and civilizations in the world. Obviously the typical properties of some plants are over time they have become consolidated assets of the people who, from the Egyptians to the Romans, from the Greeks to the Chinese, have learned to recognize both its harmful and healing effects. This knowledge was probably initially acquired empirically, in the course of natural experiments made to test the nutritional properties of nature's products; with the complicity of chance and instinct, thus, man has put together over the centuries a wealth of knowledge on the healthy properties of some plants, transmitting these notions from generation to generation, initially from father to son, subsequently through healers, shamans and priests, therefore through the first medical schools and the drafting of real medical manuals.
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