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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Herbals and medicinal knowledge

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A compilation of medicinal knowledge about herbs is called as herbal. In fact, a herbal is a book which contains names and descriptions of plants with information on their medicinal and other virtues.

A herbal may contain information on medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinogenic, aromatic and magical powers and traditional stories if/any related to a plant.

Herbal is a book which may contain information on classification of plants it describes. It may also contain recipes for extracts, tinctures etc of plants also. Many herbals prepared in ancient times usually contained illustrations that assisted in identifying plants described inside them.

It is reported that herbals have been the first sources that were printed in China and Europe. These are considered to be the first literatures that were produced in Ancient Egypt, China, India and Europe.

The development of modern Chemistry, toxicology and Pharmacology during late 17th century reduced importance of medicinal values of classical herbals. However, herbals remained popular sources of complementary and alternative medicines in the forms of Homoeopathy and Aromopathy.

Now, medicinal properties of different plants are tested along modern scientific lines and after that important chemical compounds as medicines are synthesized.

Herbals still provide easy and comfortable ways of treating various ailments among common public.

Key Words: herbal, medicinal, ancient

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