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Using herbs to address symptoms of illness and disease is one of the oldest forms of medicine known to man. The scientific world is continually gaining new knowledge about the benefits of herbs. Walgreens makes benefiting from both ancient wisdom and modern science a simple task with a wide selection of high quality herbal supplements.
Herbal medicine can be traced back to at least 3000 BCE with some scientists believing the tradition of healing the body with herbs may have begun even earlier. Ancient healers in what are now China and Egypt kept records of their innovative treatments for various types of medical conditions. Through the centuries, many cultures developed very complex and advanced principles of herbal medicine. Much of what herbs are used for today is owed to these forms of folk medicine. Some of the biggest contributors to the modern use of herbs were traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda (an alternative healing tradition from India) and the healing arts of the Native Americans and African tribes.
Herbal medicine underwent a period of advancement during the 19th century. During this time, scientists were gaining new tools and methods of analyses to help them study plants more intensely. They began to study some of the folk remedies that people in their parts of the world and elsewhere around the globe used on a regular basis. In some cases, their studies seem to prove the benefits of ancient remedies. In others it led to the development of entirely new alternative medical principles, such as homeopathy. Today, scientists continue to study herbal medicine. They are examining how the extracts from flowers, bark, berries, seeds, roots and leaves can be beneficial to the human body. While there have been promising results from studies on several herbs, including ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort and valerian, the scientific field of herbal medicine is still largely under development with more testing required to confirm the benefits of many herbs.
If you'd like to complement your medical care with the use of herbs, you can expect to find the best herbs at the best prices at Walgreens. If you have a specific herb in mind to try, the links at the left can guide you to all of the products that we carry of that type. For those still in the process of researching herbal formulas, exploring some of the top herbal brands is an excellent starting point.
Many of the herbs commonly used in the United States and around the world have been established as being generally safe for most people. However, having medical conditions, being pregnant, breastfeeding or taking other medications and supplements could make certain types of herbs unsuitable for you. The best way to integrate herbs into your daily life is to do so with the help and guidance of a doctor. Your physician can help you make the best decision regarding what herbs to try and how best to use them.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.