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FitoterapiaPhytotherapy uses herbs, plants and products of plant origin to prevent diseases, or as a treatment to cure some diseases, it is part of alternative medicine, and traditional medicine often uses Phytotherapy as a complementary therapy. Many of the medicinal properties of plants are known and used since ancient times. The consumption of medicinal plants and Phytotherapy has been gaining popularity throughout the world and many of its medicinal properties have been taken advantage of by the pharmaceutical industry.
Benefits of Phytotherapy
Medicinal plants contain principles that can be used as a remedy for some diseases and their use in medicine is present since the beginning of Humanity.
From very remote times the human beings have looked for in the plants their food, and using the grasses and shrubs to cure their ailments, beginning therefore their use in the natural medicine. Some of these plants are:
Aloe vera: is one of the best-known plants and rich in healing properties, its gel accelerates the healing of small wounds or burns, and is used naturally and by the cosmetic and hygiene industry.
Chamomile: it is used to calm cramps in babies, and against stomach pain, as well as to maintain the color of light hair, and to treat delicate skin problems.
Valerian: has a relaxing effect, to calm states of anxiety and helps to sleep.
Melissa: a very good herb for digestion, and has a relaxing effect.
These are some examples of plants that we use daily, but there is an infinity of medicinal herbs, and in this space we present its qualities, uses and effects.
Even with advances in technology and pharmaceuticals, people choose medicinal herbs and natural products instead of conventional drugs.
Risks of herbal medicine
It is important to know very well the medicinal plants, their properties, doses, as well as effects, because like any medicine, these herbs can cause side effects, overdose poisoning or drug interactions.
Another important aspect is that the use of medicinal plants for phytotherapy is regulated by health entities, and all the products you use must be guaranteed and you must read the labels to know the recommended dose, before consumption.