A list of the most popular herbal medicines in the world
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A list of the most popular herbal medicines in the world

Pharma Tech Outlook | Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The elderberry is an ancient herbal medicine typically made from the cooked fruit of the Sambucus nigra plant. Among the many uses of elderberry are headaches, nerve pain, toothaches, colds, viral infections, and constipation.

Fremont, CA: Throughout history, cultures have relied on traditional herbal medicine for their healthcare needs. Globally, herbal remedies are in high demand despite modern medical and technological advancements. It's estimated that this industry generates $60 billion per year. Often people prefer natural remedies to conventional medicines because they align with their personal health ideologies and are more affordable and accessible.

These are the world's most popular herbal medicines, along with relevant safety information, benefits, and uses.

Echinacea

Plants such as echinacea are popular herbal remedies.

It has long been used by Native Americans to treat wounds, burns, toothaches, sore throats, and upset stomachs. The leaves, petals, and roots of the plant can all be used medicinally, though most people believe the roots have the most potent effects. Topically applied echinacea can also be taken as a tea or supplement.

Ginseng

The roots of the ginseng plant are teased or ground into powder to make ginseng medicines. Several varieties exist, but the most popular are the Asian and American types - Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius, respectively. It is said that American ginseng promotes relaxation, while Asian ginseng is said to be more stimulating.

Ginkgo biloba

The maidenhair tree, or ginkgo Biloba, also known as the maidenhair, yields the herbal medicine ginkgo Biloba. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, ginkgo is one of the top-selling herbal supplements today. There are a variety of potent antioxidants in it, which are believed to be advantageous in several ways. As a remedy for heart disease, dementia, mental difficulties, and sexual dysfunction, ginkgo is used widely. 

 Elderberry

The elderberry is an ancient herbal medicine typically made from the cooked fruit of the Sambucus nigra plant. Among the many uses of elderberry are headaches, nerve pain, toothaches, colds, viral infections, and constipation. Elderberry syrups or lozenges needn't be taken in a standard dose. When elderberries are cooked with other ingredients, including honey and ginger, some people prefer to make their own syrup or tea. The effects of elderberry on flu infections have been found in small human studies, but large studies are needed to determine if it's more effective than conventional antiviral drugs.

 

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