Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine practiced in the human world. Findings go as far back as to over 60,000 years in an unearthed grave of Neanderthal man where eight species of pollen grains were found thickly spread around the bones. Seven of these plants are still used today for medicine by the local people near the burial site in Iraq. In fact, today, 80% of the world’s population still uses plants for medicinal purposes. Fortunately, conventional western medical practice, or allopathy, in the United States, has begun to slowly acknowledge that there is healing to be found in the realm of herbal practice. This may be because many have begun to seek out a less expensive healthcare modality with fewer or no side effects.
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