Along with naturopathy, herbal medicine has experienced in recent years a remarkable and dramatic growth in all aspects related to it.
Little over twenty years ago, it was complicated and hard to find a dealer (herbalist) that will be dispensed to the patient a prescription for medicinal plants prescribed by a doctor or naturopath.
There were few and therefore often made it difficult to locate the plants, so that the patient had suffered displacement and support to make you wait until the very plants necessary for their condition.
These aspects were really inconvenient, or at least discomfort, when further treatment.
Furthermore, the naturopath available a very limited range of presentations and prepared to prescribe herbal treatments to their patients.
Finally, another problem was the extreme slowness in obtaining results within the prescribed treatments is still overlooked. The latter made many times the patient chose to discontinue treatment impatience in obtaining favorable results.
However, in the late sixties and throughout the seventies, herbal medicine began an upward trend. This evolution occurred in the first place, with the emergence of new labs of medicinal plants and the subsequent launch of more and better products with a variety of presentations.
This partially solved the problem of the long duration of treatment of diseases, and results became more rapid and effective, making the patient continued treatment with interest, as I could see the beneficial results medicinal plants in a relatively short time.
Second, the opening of many dietary and herbal stores in most cities and towns existing solved the second problem, and the patient was easily the components of the recipe or diet that had prescribed the naturopath.
Today, herbal medicine, mainly thanks to the constant research of the great laboratories of medicinal plants, is an extraordinarily developed therapeutics and offers more opportunities each day. It is fair to mention the work carried out at the time in the field of medicinal plants by laboratories as Santiveri, Soria Natural, Agricultural Arts, Eladiet, Bellsolá and many others that exist today.
In addition, herbal medicine has become very important as a therapeutic tool for healthcare professionals both for social reasons, as it tends to less aggressive therapies, such as increasing the scientific knowledge base that supports it.
This constant evolution would not have taken place in such a short space of time without proper training.
In this sense, it is fair to highlight the important role performed by specialized schools, which over the years have evolved and proliferated in parallel to the progress described, forming a true professional with a good knowledge of medicinal plants and their active principles as well as the protocols to follow in practice responsible for the discipline, and constantly offering the opportunity to be informed and a constant to all practitioners of naturopathy and herbal medicine recycling.
However, as usual with all things in life, happiness is not complete and in the field of herbal medicine there are dark areas. One is a direct consequence of the large supply on the market today. This involves fierce competition and commercial brands, although accepted as normal in our day, is that a number of commercial herbal products of identical composition and uses identical offered in many different ways, presentations and brands.
But in all honesty, phytotherapy currently enjoys a deserved reputation it has earned over history and has been and is in constant evolution and improvement, both in terms of research, education and outreach as.
So today we can prescribe and market excellent simple and compound of medicinal plants of high therapeutic value that nothing should envy pharmaceutical preparations and medicines, for effectiveness prepared.
This makes the therapist get very good results with herbal treatments prescribed to patients who, on the other hand, have no difficulty in locating and acquiring these preparations in dietary and herbal stores.
We therefore encourage the study of herbal medicine in the first place, being a natural method, not aggressive and have excellent therapeutic results. On the other hand, herbal medicine is a therapeutic technique simple and understandable and is in constant research, which holds constant new discoveries. The big change is that more and more scientific and clinical studies conducted by the most prestigious laboratories and universities are focusing on extracting, analyzing, testing and demonstrating the benefits of these actives.