Hippocrates – the father of medicine – , “Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.”

Leaf to Life - Diary

March 2013

Herbs are our native medicine and they are the botanical origin of prescription drugs.

To classify herbal medicine or phytotherapy as alternative medicine is a contentious issue. While plants have been used for thousands of years to sustain human and animal lives, I do not see how it could be characteristically alternative.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledges the essential role of conventional medicine in the care of acute diseases and trauma, while highlighting that, in the area of managing chronic disease conditions, conventional medicine can be lacking in efficacy. Complementary medicine, such as herbal medicine, seems to offer a gentle and increasingly relevant means of managing chronic diseases.

As a matter of fact, nature provides us with 70 per cent of prescription drugs. The drugs are derived from, or are similar to, chemicals found in nature. For example, Metformin, the most widely prescribed drug for the…

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