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What is Phytotherapy?
Phytotherapy is a science-based medical practice and thus is distinguished from other, more traditional approaches, such as medical herbalism, which relies on an empirical appreciation of medicinal herbs and which is often linked to traditional knowledge.
Herbal Medicine: between tradition and science, experience and research
This first article in a series, describes the history of herbal medicine, and its use today as a modern scientific discipline we call phytotherapy.
Phytotherapy: The many facets of herbal medicine
This article explores how phytotherapy still finds itself caught in a conflict. On the one hand, there is pharmacology, whose prime aim is exact scientific measurement. On the other hand, there is herbal medicine in which the vibrant principle of holistic health is equally important.
Phytotherapy: The kingdom of fresh medicinal plants
Anyone who has made a mug of tea using fresh peppermint leaves, comparing it against another made using dried mint, can easily understand why Alfred Vogel made it a principle to produce herbal medicines from fresh plant material wherever possible.
Phytotherapy: Processing fresh plants
This article explores the manufacturing process of fresh plants, as well as why the need for a total extract.
Phytotherapy: Manufacture of fresh plant tinctures
The quality of a herbal medicine is firstly determined by the quality of the raw material and secondly by the production method. Systematic, fully controlled checking of all process steps and control procedures is known as validation and is in each case meticulously recorded in a manufacturing document.
Phytotherapy: From tincture to tablets
Thanks to modern, gentle processes, it has for some years now been possible to obtain fresh plant quality in capsules or tablets.
Research and development: protecting patients
Modern phytotherapy combines traditional herbal medicine with the results of modern-day research into medicinal plants and is open to innovation.
Possibilities and Limits of Phytotherapy
Herbal medicine today finds itself caught between tradition and innovation. In addition to herbal medicines, which are ‘only’ based on traditional use, a number of licensed herbal medicines have become established that are the result of modern research into medicinal plants.