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phytotherapy, that is to say, the cure of diseases on the way of medicinal plants represents, undoubtedly, the oldest method of healing the diseases, which man has used, during his multimillennial history. This method was reached as a result of the sharpening of the spirit of observation, sharpening generated by the desire to live and survive the continuous assault of diseases.
Adepts of herbal medicine, and in the case of herbal medicine, have always been numerous, and even in the brilliant period of synthetic drugs. So, even today, and after some, now, more than ever, the number of those who prefer aromatic packages with dry plants, instead of bottles and packages of all kinds, which more sophisticated, containing synthetic drugs, is very large, all the more so as herbal medicine is no longer reduced only nowadays to teas and macerations, but includes a much wider range of pharmaceutical products, of which we mention glycosides, alkaloids, tinctures, extracts and essences of everything. the kind.
The irresistible attraction of natural medicine, and in the case of phytotherapy, is due to many factors, the most important of which seems to be that natural medicine in general and phytotherapy in particular address more directly to the human heart and senses. A French phytotherapist, namely Maurice Messegue, speaks in one of his books about all his rich experience on this line, entitled "Des hommes et des plants", respectively "People and plants". This book describes his positive contribution to healing famous patients on the path of phytotherapy, including Admiral Francois Darlan, former President of France Edouard Heriot, famous politicians like Robert Schumann, Winston Churchil, Konrad Adenauer, and many other personalities like the King. Faruk, the painter Utrillo, like many others. Of course, all of them had used, before the meeting with the aforementioned phytotherapist, valuable synthetic drugs, to alleviate their suffering, but, nevertheless, this fact could not quench the irresistible fascination of natural therapy in general and of that phytotherapeutic in particular, therapeutic ones. , for the aforementioned reasons, continues to attract and stimulate interest today. In this regard, we mention that the personalities listed suffered from various diseases, some of which were cured by phytotherapeutic treatments and others were markedly improved. Winston Churchil, for example, noted a remarkable improvement in his asthma, while Konrad Adenauer noted similar improvements in his rheumatic diseases. In turn, the painter Utrillo, claims that thanks to the plants recommended by the French herbalist, he escaped from his tormenting insomnia.
Most researchers believe that this new revival of phytotherapy on all meridians of the world and in this second half of the current century, is due to the so-called medicinal diseases, respectively to this hidden face of synthetic drug therapy.
When Ce1sus exclaimed, almost two millennia ago: "Quan difficile est curare morbos hominus!", Respectively "How difficult it is to cure people's diseases!", Of course, he referred to a situation as precise as possible, characterizing the times when it was very difficult to make a correct diagnosis, and in the hypothesis of the correct diagnosis it was still so difficult to cure a disease, since the therapy of those times was so poor. The Romanian encyclopaedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus, wrote, apparently through the years 30-35 e.n. a technical-scientific encyclopaedia, of which only the volume entitled "About medicine" was preserved, representing a masterful compendium of ancient medicine, in which one speaks among others and about the patients' particular reaction to medicines.
Unfortunately, Celsus' statement is valid even today, although the means of diagnosis and therapy we have today are thousands of leagues away from those noted by the famous Romanian encyclopedist. This is on the one hand, because each patient prints - as it was found - peculiarities of his reactivity to the disease that he contracted and, on the other, because the same patient has his own reactivities and to the drug that I was prescribed it. Not by chance, Claude Bernard, the famous French physician, physiologist and philosopher of the last century, would declare about this reality, that "the disease is nothing, the land is everything." Regardless of the fact that a doctor of the time Celsus had only a dozen medicines, and a contemporary one has: hundreds of dozens of them, however, there is a guiding thread, regarding the therapeutic vision, in relation to the manipulation of these medicines, materialized in the ancient precept, “Primum non harmless ", which, translated freely, first means to be careful not to harm, not to harm, so do no worse. This precept, unlike the many others that have been lost on the road, has remained valid to this day.