Up until about the 19th century physicians, lay people, midwives, and other healers used herbs (among other things). Using herbs to improve health wasn’t “Alternative”, not even “Complimentary”… it was normal. It was the “Mainstream” method of aiding healing.
In fact many modern day drugs probably wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for plants. Drugs like Digitalis from Foxglove, Vincristin from Periwinkle, ASA and Willow, Morphine from the Opium Poppy, quinine from Cinchona bark, Artemisinin from Sweet wormwood, Taxol from Paciﬁc Yew are just a few examples.
Whether you’ve heard the word or not, you’re probably familiar with it’s modern day offspring… the pharmacy.
For many hundreds of years, the was where you would go to get your health care products. They often made body care products, headache powders, syrups, and things like lozenges too. The was where your doctor would send you to get a prescription. In those days they used herbs, and combinations of herbs… as well as many other things (like mercury, but we won’t go there). The was also one of the people that you would go to if you couldn’t afford a doctor.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT Rx MEANS? You know, the little Rx that you see on just about every prescription label you see. The term Rx is an abbreviation for the Latin word “recipere”, meaning “take” or “to take” or “take thus”. Doctors would write out a recipe of ingredients be given to the so that he or she could make the medicine for you. The process of making the recipe is called