Herbal health is the use of plants as the basis of the practice. It is fundamental to primary health care worldwide. It is holistic, meaning it treats the whole person, embracing all levels of an individual: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The majority of the world's population relies on herbals as its primary form of treatment, and indeed most modern drugs originate from isolated phytochemicals (phyto - plant: a phytochemical is a chemical constituent of a plant).
Herbalism is both an ancient art and a modern science. Plants provide the principal ingredients in medicines used in most medical traditions globally. According to the World Health Organization, 80 per cent of people in the world use herbal healthcare as their primary form of healthcare.
An herbal practitioner takes a holistic approach, working with the whole person rather than just symptoms. This is based on a philosophy that suppression of symptoms alone may not lead to complete health, because underlying problems are not addressed. Herbals are used to maintain the general health and vitality of patients and to reduce the chances of infection. It is suited to people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.