Medicinal Herbs Chart & Uses [Infographic]


Botanical herbs and plants have been used for medicinal purposes since the world began – certainly for as long as we have recorded history. It is well documented that ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures left evidence revealing medicinal uses for plants as early as 3000 B.C.

Some early cultures used herbs in healing rituals, and some spawned traditional medical systems that utilized herbal therapies (Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine come to mind). Further research has revealed that people in various parts of the world often used the same or similar healing plants for the same purposes. To me that isn’t coincidence – I believe these plants were created and placed in our world for the purposes they serve.

Beginning around the early 1800’s, scientists began using chemical analysis techniques to extract and in some cases modify the active ingredients from medicinal plants. Over time, as technology continued to advance, manufacturers began making their own synthetic versions of plant compounds, and bringing them to market as conventional drugs and remedies. It is said that about a quarter of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.

Today, as people seek improved health and more natural ways to aid the body in healing, there is a renewed interest in the “old ways” and traditional herbalism. This amazing infographic traces the history of botanical herbs used in today’s medicine and is jam packed with interesting facts.

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