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History of Herbal Medicines

History of Herbal Medicines

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In the last few decades there has been an exponential growth in the field ofherbal medicine.
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It is getting popularized in developing as well as indeveloped countries owing to its natural origin and lesser side effect.
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In olden times, vaidyas used to treat patients on individual basis,and prepare drug according to the requirement of the patient.
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But the scenario has changed now; herbal medicines are beingmanufactured on the large scale in Pharmaceutical units,where manufacturers come acrossmany problems such as availability ofgood quality raw material, authentication ofraw material and other quality control parameters.
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The use of herbal medicine is due to toxicity andside effects of allopathic medicines, has led tosudden increase in the number of herbal drug
HISTORY OF HERBALHISTORY OF HERBAL
 
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World Health Organization (WHO) has defined herbalmedicines as finished labeled medicinal product that containactive ingredients, aerial or underground parts of the plant or other plant material or combinations.
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Herbal medicines are in great demand in the developedworld for primary health care because of their efficacy, safetyand lesser side effects.
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HERBAL medicine is still the mainstay of about 75–80% of the world population.
 WHAT ARE HERBAL DRUGS?
 
ADVANTAGES OF HERBALMEDICINE.
1. Herbal medicine have long history of use and better patient tolerance as well asacceptance.2. Medicinal plants have a renewable source, which is our only hope for sustainablesupplies of cheaper medicines for the world growing population.3. Availability of medicinal plants is not a problem especially in developing countries likeIndia having rich agro-climatic, cultural and ethnic biodiversity.4. The cultivation and processing of medicinal herbs and herbal products is environmentalfriendly.5. Prolong and apparently uneventful use of herbal medicines may offer testimony of theirsafety and efficacy.

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