Herbs and medicine

Herb-based medicine (phytotherapy) is the oldest and most natural treatment for the body. It involves the use of plants or parts of plants fit to treat specific ailments. Even now, all over the world, most drugs are made of vegetal substances and many synthetic products are prepared by reproducing in the laboratory environment the active agents contained in plants. The last few years have seen the spreading of “flower therapy” for the treatment of stress, eating disorders, anxiety and sleeplessness. “Bach Flowers” are most commonly used. They are 38 natural essences extracted from Welsh wild flowers that have healing properties.

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