History of Herbaly as Medicine

By Michael Klein

History of Herbaly as Medicine

January 26, 2023

Herbal medicine originated in ancient cultures around the world and is still used unaltered in many indigenous communities. The regions that have contributed most significantly to the modern use of medicinal herbs include China, India, and Arabic countries such as Iraq.
Herbs are now considered to be an alternative form of medicine due to the extensive research involved in the development of chemical medications. Unfortunately, herbal medicine hasn’t undergone the same amount of scientific evaluation as modern drugs, even though it has been used by civilizations for thousands of years2.
Although there are written historical records detailing the use of plants and herbs by the Sumerians from 5,000 years ago, it is known that herbs were used to treat illness and promote health as far back as 8,000 years ago in China and more than 60,000 years ago in Iraq3.
One such plant is willow bark or Spiraea ulmaria, which was used by Sumerians and Egyptians for treating pain and fever more than 3,500 years ago. It contains the chemical that has become the most widely used synthetic drug in the world, aspirin4.

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