As is known, the first chemical drugs began to be used for human health at in the early 1900s.
After a century, the inconceivable increase in many chronic diseases especially such as
diabetes, depression, rheumatic problems, asthma, hypertension, cardiovascular system and
migraine problems has led all health professionals to search for new solutions. In this context,
the healing power of nature acquired currency along with both herbs and all natural treatment
methods and these ancient treatment methods of the mankind has begun to be used in the
treatment of diseases. The fact that herbs and natural methods are preferred by 7 out of 10
patients in German, is enough to show the degree of acceleration all over the world.
Today, all over the world, doctors prescribe herbal products to their patients and synthetic drug
use is not preferred especially in certain diseases. While antibiotic therapy is not even a matter of
discussion in upper respiratory tract infections, doctors prescribe herbs strengthening the immune
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called upon all countries to pay special attention
into natural medicine in general and phytotherapy in particular. Especially in the universities and
institutes located in Europe and America, hundreds of researches and clinical studies were and
are still conducted on medicinal plants and the results achieved are shared with the entire world.
Although those who taught natural therapies to the entire world in history were raised in our
civilization, the fact that these methods are still not taught in the medical schools of our country
is our shame. In addition, the herbalists and healers who do not have a medical mission while
taking up the slack are accordingly a foregone conclusion.
No civilization in the world has Ibn Sina, Lokman Hekim, Merkez Efendi or Aksemseddin; at this
mean, Aksemseddin is not only a religiour functionary but also a physician called “Ibn Sina the
Second”. The masterpiece “Medical Law” written by our famous Turkish scholar Ibn Sina known
as “Avicenna” by westerners was taught as course books in numerous medical faculties in the
west until our recent history. The whole world has been preceding by taking these important
figures in our history as a model, however, the status of our country is obvious. We have become
learners while we were teachers once; what more is there to say?
Similarly to the synthetic drugs, phytotherapy which is based on the use of plants or plant extracts
containing bioactive active substances differs from the treatment administered with the drugs
derived from plants, in the use of not only one of the active substances contained in the plant
but also all biochemical content of plant extracts. This difference is also the main reason that
the herbal treatments have fewer side effects than the chemical drugs. Nevertheless, herbal
treatments should not be considered as the methods with no side effects. Using toxic plants,
applying wrong dose or taking them along with the other medicinal products which should not be
taken at the same period may cause unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects. Thus, we
should take herbal treatments seriously and abstain from amateur approaches.
Phytotherapy has been successfully used in the treatment of chronic diseases particularly in
those based on the immune system.