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The history of the use and study of medicinal plants

Many plants, now included in the Pharmacopoeia of different countries and used in folk medicine have come from the practice of ancient peoples. For example, North American Indians from time immemorial knew about the healing properties of Goldenseal canadian and senegi. In China for 3000 years before our era, were familiar with the medicinal properties of rhubarb. LPV. ephedra. In Egypt, approximately in the same period was used for medicinal purposes, castor, opium poppy, Datura, mustard, sea onion and other herbs.

In the bazaars of China and other Oriental countries at the present time, there are the Apothecary’s shop, where you can meet representatives of numerous herbs of the ancient Arabic, Indian and Tibetan medicine, as well as with the compounding of medicines.

The history of these plants dates back to ancient Arabic, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan “herbalists”, which are the prototypes of the modern state Pharmacopoeia. These herbalists indicate the use of a very large variety of plants, which, by the calculation of some authors, reaches 12 000.

This wide range of medicinal herbs due to, primarily, the conditions in which nahodyaschehosya medicine, and that the appeal to nature in search of money from all sorts of illnesses was carried out by individual tribes and clans, who idolized nature and considered that all grass needs to contain any therapeutic substances. Continue reading

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