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The role of plants in medicine

Plants and herbs have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history.

In Ancient times, doctors collected information about herbs and developed well-defined remedies to effectively treat a variety of ailments. Herbal remedies have been used in the UK for centuries and they are still used to treat all manner of conditions, from indigestion, hay fever and tickly coughs, through to anxiety and sleeplessness.

More than a quarter of all conventional drugs used today actually originate from a single active ingredient of a plant. For example, the painkiller aspirin comes from the bark of willow trees, and digoxin (a medicine used to treat heart failure) comes from the foxglove plant. Scientists often try to separate a single active ingredient of a plant and produce it on a large scale in a laboratory.

This is the opposite of herbal remedies, which may contain small quantities of many different ingredients which are blended together.

You can read more information about the herbs that are used within Potter’s herbal remedies in the ingredients section. The information has been supplied in reference to the Potter’s Herbal Cyclopaedia, a reliable source of reference by many a qualified and training herbal practitioner, medical scientists and clinicians.

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