For thousands of years, man has been able to exploit the natural resources around him for food and health …
On each continent, different traditions have developed, based on empirical knowledge that has been transmitted and enriched over generations.
Today, in Africa, China or India, traditional medicines still rely on this power of plants. In Europe, phytotherapy – from the Greek, phytos, plant, and therapy, care – that is, the treatment of diseases by plants – has integrated this centuries-old knowledge with the latest medical discoveries to propose, either alone or Complement, different treatments.
From the nineteenth century onwards, there was a marked disaffection in herbal medicine, due to the development, between 1806 and 1888, of two large groups of medicines, isolated from plants: alkaloids and heterosides.
But the most obvious example is probably that of acetylsalicylic acid, an analhetic and antipyretic remedy, naturally present in the queen of the near, which was to be synthesized industrially from 1899: it is aspirin.