A History of the Power of Herbs:
Prehistoric men and women used plants to treat physical complaints long before written history began. They undoubtedly learned by trial and error which plants were useful and which weren’t. In the written record, the study of herbs dates back over five thousand years to the Sumerians, who described well -established uses for such plants as laurel, caraway, and thyme. The first known Chinese herb book, dating from about 2700 B.C., lists 365 herbal plants and their uses. The ancient Greeks and Romans valued plants for various uses and provided the patterns for later western medicine. The first European treatise on the properties and uses of medicinal plants, De Materia Medica, was compiled by the Greek Physician Dioscondes, in the first century A.D., This compendium remained the authoritative reference into the seventeenth century. The continuing importance of herbs for the centuries following the Middle Ages is indicated by the hundreds of herbal publications issued after the invention of printing in the fifteenth century, as well as a resurgence of interest in our own generation.
What the FDA has to do with herbals:
In 1906 the FDA came into existence with the passage of the Federal Food and Drug Act. This act/law made it a crime for a processed consumable to be sold without an FDA approval. The FDA later partnered with the AMA to control the flow of drugs. Today, drugs approved by the FDA are those that can be isolated through a chemical reactions (laboratory process). This, of course, excludes all natural substances such as herbs and herbal formulas as they do not go through lab processing. The chemical process renders drugs patentable as they are created in a laboratory and not in nature. The FDA does not recognize Homeopathy due to its limited laboratory processing.
The only processing that herbal formulas receive is via cold pressing into capsules or tablets, hardly a dense chemical laden laboratory process. Because of that, the dried leaves, roots, twigs, flowers, and barks used in these mixtures are still viable and healing to the body. Therefore, the FDA does not recognize herbals as their lack of processing precludes them. The FDA is only interested in chemicals, drugs and big money. Herbal formulas are small potatoes compared to the remarkably lucrative drug industry.
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