This form of therapy is one of many natural approaches that uses active principles from plants to help against ailments and diseases. It corresponds to ancient medicine which was traditionally used both by our Western and Eastern civilization, and so we can find a chinese phytotherapy, ayurvedic medicine (from India) and European phytotherapy. We can say that every civilization has used it based on the plants of their corresponding geographic region. This way we have different type of phytotherapies according to the different plants used by every society or civilization. These natural remedies have been passed down from generation to generation mainly in oral form to treat many common and not so common ailments of the human being.
Many of the herbs and plants that were used by the Romans, Egyptians and Greeks, are still used today and they keep their positive effects in our health, effects which have been confirmed by our civilization and modern science today, using the modern scientific method. More and more responsable laboratories are doing their own studies and their own preparations to add value to the natural active principles which have been combined. All of this is done with the safest methods and high-quality standards according to modern times, creating an excellent collection of remedies against numerous physical problems from a natural and modern perspective.
Although there are compounds that have a different origin even if it is natural, like animal and mineral substances, they are not considered phytotherapy because they don’t come from plants. There is a part of phytotheraphy which uses active principles from mushrooms, like mycotheraphy. Inside this category we can find very active phytochemical compounds which may help our organism to regulate itself although some of them can have many adverse effects and so they must be used considering possible side-effects or undesirable reactions which may affect our body. This phytotheraphy branch has been used for thousand of years by the Chinese medicine with great results.