March 17, 2023
Why are herbs better for the human body than the synthetic extracts equivalents?
Many Ancient monuments and archeological finds prove the existence of medical art amongst the Ancient people. The oldest written record of herbal medicine goes back around 5000 BC in the Sumerian times, the famous clay tablets, known as the “Treatise of Medical Diagnosis and Prognoses”, consisting of 40 clay tablets with information about herbal plants and medical procedures with plants. There are clay tablets from Assyria (2000 BC), that even describe the course of a certain diseases and plants, that were used to treat them.
“The tablets left by the Assyrians, with inscriptions on how to treat with medicinal plants, are written in Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian languages. This shows that these people used medicinal plants for medicinal purposes. The ancient Egyptians used the medical achievements of the Assyrians and Babylonians, and expanded their knowledge of medicinal products, and here they used mainly plants.”
"Furthermore, medical plants are found in Ayurveda works from 900 BC. In addition, Hippocrates, Dioscorides, Galen, Paracelsus, and Arab scholars in Europe kept detailed notes regarding the use of medicinal plants. In Ancient Greece, herbs were also known as a healing agent. The father of Greek medicine Hippocrates (460 – 377 BC) described 236 medicinal plants that were used at that time. He uses all parts of the plant for medicinal purposes. Aristotle (384 BC) wrote the book "Treatise on Natural History", where he described in detail the known medicinal plants and their ways of use."
In the 2nd century AD the Arabs opened the medical schools, and in the 3rd century they founded the Academy of Sciences. For the first time, medical practice was separated from pharmacy practice and the pharmacopoeia was introduced. Arabs knew over 1,600 medicinal plants.
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