Plants are known as nutrients. Along with this, plants have been used for thousands of years to make medicine, care material, perfume and paint. Especially ancient Egypt, Mesopotamian, Chinese and Indian civilizations have prepared hundreds of books containing various medicinal plants. Later, these books were the basis for Islam and European medicine. In particular, the book “Medical Law (Canon medicinae)” by Ibni Sina, a major Muslim medical man, physicist, writer, philosopher and scientist known as “Avicenna” in Europe, refers to more than 800 herbal and animal medicines. Hundreds of years has been accepted as a reference book.
In the history of mankind thousands of years have gained a very serious knowledge about medicinal herbs and their effects. However, unfortunately, starting from Europe and America, this knowledge accumulation has been pushed to the edge in the last hundred years. The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly more oriented towards synthetic medicinal drugs. At the end, synthetic medicinal drugs dominated the market.
Synthetic medicinal drugs were perceived as miracles. The effects of the plants seemed to be weak and it was thought that the diseases would be improved much more easily and quickly by obtaining more powerful and effective medicines by separating the specific active substances of plants with chemical methods in the laboratory. Hundreds of active substances can be found in a medicinal plant and only one or several of these active substances are effective against the targeted disease. Or it was thought to be … For this reason, more effective medicines were produced by taking only the active substances from these plants and multiplying them by chemical routes. This was a development that made the medical world very excited. Some diseases that were not previously treated in the West have begun to enter the treatment process. Over time, however, it became apparent that these medicines had serious side effects.
Researches on the effects of synthetic medicines are often carried out with restricted subjects, with limited time and reliability, in controversial ways. For this reason, medicines can be driven to the market without precisely identifying them. This is a serious problem.
So are synthetic medicines really treating the disease? Otherwise, they make the illness a “controlled illness” and then the patients are forced to use medicines continuously. This is a separate discussion.
All these debates have begun to reverse the “synthetic medicine movement”, which has gained momentum in the last few centuries. Thus, about the effects of medicinal plants, both historical accumulation is being rediscovered and new researches are being done.
It should also be remembered that synthetic medicines have side effects, and medicinal plants can have various side effects. For this reason, the use of plants for therapeutic purposes should be done consciously and it should be kept in mind that the use of plants is supportive, not an alternative to treatment, which your doctor recommends.
Some plants may also have harmful effects at high doses, besides their benefits. For this reason, it is necessary to use the correct amount of plants, with the right methods, thorough research and assistance from experts. If any unexpected effect is seen, it is necessary to reset the amount used or to discontinue use if necessary.
In plant use, attention should be paid to specific aspects of the situation of children, pregnant women, the elderly and certain diseases.
To give an example; liquorice is a beneficial herbal supplement for those with ulcer complaints, but it can cause those with high blood pressure complaints to get higher. For this reason, other alternative plants should be used against ulcer complaints or garlic should be taken as a balancing agent besides liquorice. Furthermore, it should be known that the use of all kinds of herbal and synthetic medicines in infants, children and pregnant women is very limited.
The warnings of the Prophet of Islam are very important to protect our health. He should not forget the following suggestion of the Prophet of Islam: He recommends filling one third of our belly with water and another 1/3 with food, leaving the remaining 1/3 empty. It is known that those who follow his recommendations during the time of the Prophet of Islam are very healthy.
In this section, you can find information about the characteristics of hundreds of different medicinal plants, their health benefits, their benefits and their use.