Phytotherapy is a type of natural medicine that uses plants or extracts of them to treat diseases or states of discomfort. The use of herbs to fight ailments in a natural way dates back to very ancient times when, in populations all over the world, it was the only possible source of cure. To date, phytotherapy is considered an alternative or complementary type of medicine to the classic one, in fact many herbs are contained in the ingredients of classic medicines, but it is not recognized as biomedicine. Plants provide us with useful substances that allow us to derive many beneficial effects: simple phenols, essential oils, alkaloids, polyphenols, etc. which can have bactericidal, fungicidal, laxative, anti-inflammatory properties, etc.
The various phytotherapeutic preparations can be obtained from fresh or dried material using different techniques and solvents. Some products consist of extracts from a single plant, ... continue
continue ..., while others are given by the combination of many plants can be prepared by the pharmacist; it will have happened to you more than once that your GP has prescribed you a certain recipe and the product in question has been prepared directly at the pharmacy in a glass bottle.
It is also good to remember that herbal medicine can help fight diseases such as obesity, too high cholesterol or blood pressure, circulation problems, joint pain or the like, but certainly not a gastric ulcer or angina pectoris, for these serious ailments it would always be better to rely on classical medicine.
Today it is often thought that everything that is vegetable is natural and is good for you. Instead, attention must also be paid to the use of these substances, their side effects and the interaction with traditional medicine drugs; it is well known that some plants can increase the degree of toxicity or reduce the action of the active ingredient of the classic drug and therefore cause very dangerous damage; for example, in the case of difficulty in defecating. In the natural field, there are many products to combat this type of problem which are based on cassia, a medicinal plant that acts effectively against constipation but causing irritation of the colon which, in the long run, could lead to the appearance of cancer. Having said that, it is good to remember that herbal medicine can be very useful against certain ailments, but we must always pay attention to its use, contraindications and any existing pathologies.