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What Is Phytotherapy?
Phytotherapy, the treatment of illness through plants, is one of the oldest sciences on earth and is the foundation of many modern medicines.
Although it has been largely forgotten, phytotherapy made a resurgence at the end of the 20th century.
Doctor Roger Moatti, President of the Worldwide Phytotherapeutic Association, declares:
"The renewing of phytotherapy is linked to external causes: the environment, the public's disaffection for classical allopathic drugs and also for its own causes."
Several reasons can be attributed to this resurgence:
1) The exact toxcity of all vegetable-based drugs has been identified and well-documented. Side effects, if any, have long since been discovered
over 2000 years of experimentation.
2) The concept of "maximum potential" of the whole plant. Work performed over the last 20 years have shown that the action of an active principle from an extraction or synthetic origin was often inferior or as effect as those of the corresponding plants. In order to reach the plant's fullest potential, three practical forms are suggested:
- Mother tincture: This is obtained by the maceration of a fresh plant in alcohol.
- Capsules: Total plant powder keeping all the active principles which act in synergy. This is not reached when using plant extracts (nebulization, herbal tea).
- Ampoules (vials)