Question by Chris J: What exactly does a Herbologist/ Medicinal Botonist do?
i am looking into studying medicinal botany and was looking for more information on the subject. if anyone has any ideas. i would appreciate them… thanks guys!!!
Answer by Aseel
Herbal medicine remains the oldest and most used form of medicine on the planet today. Every culture on the planet has their own herbal medicine system. The modern herbalist may utilise medicinal plants from all over the world, in the context of a health philosophy incorporating modern and traditional concepts and knowledge.
Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medicinal botany,medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, botanical medicine and phytotherapy. Sometimes the scope of herbal medicine is extended to include fungi and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.
Many plants synthesize substances that are useful to the maintenance of health in humans and other animals. These include aromatic substances, most of which are phenols or their oxygen-substituted derivatives such as tannins. Many are secondary metabolites, of which at least 12,000 have been isolated, a number estimated to be less than 10% of the total. In many cases, these substances (particularly the alkaloids) serve as plant defense mechanisms against predation by microorganisms, insects, and herbivores. Many of the herbs and spices used by humans to season food yield useful medicinal compounds.
With only a few exceptions, most herbal treatments have not been tested for safety and efficacy utilizing scientific studies or clinical trials. There is a concern in the scientific and medical communities that herbal treatments are used to replace well-studied and tested medical procedures thereby endangering the health of the patient.
The use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized societies. A number of traditions came to dominate the practice of herbal medicine at the end of the twentieth century:
**The herbal medicine system, based on Greek and Roman sources
**The Ayurvedic medicine system from India, and
**Chinese herbal medicine (Chinese herbology)
I hope that will help u.Good wishes in your future stady.
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