Ancient man discovered the mysterious potential of a plant which he utilized for getting three basic needs -- food, shelter and clothing. Few years later he realized that he needs something to cure him. Once again plants proved themselves, and since then human beings are using plants as herbs for curing various diseases.
Most of the herbs that are used by present pharmaceutical companies use at least one prime ingredient that is derived from plants. The medicinal effect of plants transgressed from ancient man to the present generation in phased manner. In early civilization every home had a botanical garden where herbs useful for treating common symptoms were grown. Every household had some knowledge about one or the other herb. This knowledge was passed down from mothers to daughters and then subsequently from one civilization to other.
Shen Nong a Chinese herbalist wrote a thesis on herbs which are used even till date. Pseudoephedrine a common name for treating allergies due to cold used today has its genesis from the herb discovered by Shen Nong named Ma Huang or ephedra. The king of Hammurabi of Babylon in 1800 BC used mint for treating digestive problems. Modern medicine has confirmed that use of peppermint does give relief from nausea and vomiting. The history of Middle East gives many examples of herbs that were used extensively for curing different types of illnesses. Ayurveda in India, traditional Chinese medicines and cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt have revealed many facts about herbs that are used even today.
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