It is not new that the man of today tries to approach a more natural and healthy way of life.
Phytotherapy, brings us to the meeting of this purpose, covering from the aspect of prevention to the way to combat the most varied diseases that afflict us today.
Let’s get to know from now on, a little more about phytotherapy:
Which is, since when does it exist, the active principles of plants and much more…
What is Phytotherapy?
We’ll start by talking about the origin of the name. Phytotherapy comes from Greek, phytos (plant) and therapeutic (treatment). It is then called as the meeting of the techniques of use of plants in the treatment of ailments and health recovery.
Since when did it exist?
Phytotherapy is as old as the beginnings of man. Curing through plants is a method that has been used for centuries, more than 50 thousand years ago. Orientals were masters and their techniques are still used with great success.
It is important to point out that the modern pharmacy itself is based on the active principles of the plants, remembering that despite all modern technology, currently about 40% of the raw material still comes from vegetables.
Active principles of plants.
Phytotherapy calls it an “official treatment”, the most appropriate way to treat a plant and extract from it all its active ingredients, that is, its curative power for the treatment of ailments, which can be:
- Cooking: boiling of the substance.
- Infusion: the substance is boiled in a covered container. (te)
- Cataplasma: a preparation consisting of powder of substances by cooking or infusion, diluted to form a gelatinous paste.
- Filtration: the substance is filtered through a filter paper cone and placed in a funnel.
- Maceration: the substance is left in contact with a liquid used to dissolve the active ingredient at room temperature.
- Dyeing: is the addition of alcohol or ether to vegetable, animal or mineral substances.
- Tea: is a method used for solutions, macerations, infusions, and cooking prepared with herbs.
- Roasting: this operation removes water from the substances and subjects them to a decomposition process that modifies some of their properties.
- Medicinal wines: preparations resulting from the action of wine on substances.
Technical terms used by phytotherapy, worldwide, referring to the action of plants on the organism.
- Anti-biliary: they allow the evacuation of bile. Abortion: means that the plant causes the elimination of the fetus.
- Anticatarrhal: inhibits the presence of colds.
- Anti-flatulent or carminative: They promote the elimination of gases from the digestive tract, calming the pains they cause and stimulating the stomach and intestine.
- Antiscorbutic: They fight scurvy.
- Anti-flu: Fight the flu.
- Antihaemorrhoids: They fight hemorrhoids.
- Antispasmodic: Combats cramps and spasms.
- Anti-Rheumatic: Combats rheumatism.
- Cholagogues: favors the elimination of bile duct contents.
- Diuretic: causes sweating.
- Stomach: helps digestion of the stomach.
- Expectorant: helps eliminate phlegm and coughs
- Febrifugal: lowers fever.
- Laxative: helps the intestines to remove what is not needed.
- Obstinant: Helps the intestines to stop diarrhea.
Plants and their medicinal activities have no side effects, as is usually the case with chemical drugs. But we emphasize that they must be used with serious criteria for the effectiveness of the treatment to be complete since some plants are toxic and therefore need certain care when they are used.
It is always advisable to go to a professional avoiding self-medicating and be very careful if you do so.