How does herbal medicine work today?

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Contemporary herbal medicine uses the enormous wealth of knowledge about the healing properties of plants, some animals and minerals. Thousands of years of observation combined with in-depth studies of the composition and operation allowed us to select over two and a half thousand effective natural ingredients. The total number of single herbs, i.e. the composition of the mixture, must meet, in addition to the above-mentioned rules, also such requirements as:

no incompatibility between the ingredients, which means that individual herbs cannot “react” with each other in a chemical sense or cancel each other’s action, a method of preparation common to all ingredients of the mixture, so as not to combine herbs that require cooking (decoction of roots, bark, fruit) with those that are enough to brew (aromatic herbs, flowers) or only macerate for a certain time in cold water.

Maintaining quantitative proportions so that each ingredient shows its effect and supports the action of the others. In many cases, over-the-counter or home-made ready-made drugs will be prescribed BASED ON DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS, simple preparations such as tinctures, medicinal wines, syrups, and even ointments.

The consultant uses the knowledge about herbs of Western medicine, both academic and folk, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda (India), Kampo (Japan), Sasang (Korea) and the vast amount of information collected by homeopathic doctors. It is worth mentioning that 40 Chinese medicine raw materials are included in the latest European and Polish pharmacopoeia (a set of official standards for medicines). Another dozen are successfully used in at least two medical systems, and a dozen in all of them.

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