Herbal medicine is definitely an ancient practice that is as old since the first man in the world, and positively over the age of crop growing as well as writing; every human culture on every part of the world has practiced and observed herbal medicine of one form or another. Perhaps best described and established as "medicinal botany", herbal medicine involves taking and cultivating plants, ingesting them, and seeing if some of the elements and components within the plant have a palliative effect on the symptoms of the ailment.
Herbal medicines have formed the basis and beginning of traditional medicine for more than a hundred years old, and also have formed the origin and source of modern pharmacology. While science from roughly the 1880's onwards has striven and tried everything to isolate and separate the active compounds and ingredients found in medicinal herbs, the list of types and kinds are ever growing.
Most established conventional medicines initially result from plants. For instance, the painkiller morphine comes from poppies, digoxin (a drug used to treat heart failure) comes from foxgloves and aspirin comes from the bark of willow trees. Conventional herbal medicine has been used and known in the UK for centuries and it still remains accepted up to these days, in spite of scientific advances and studies leading to more advance drugs and other conventional medical treatments becoming obtainable.
Although it's classed only as a supplementary medicine in the UK, it's in fact one of the most widely used form of medicine across the world - 80 percent of the world's populations are dependent and believe in the power of herbal medicines on their bodies. Modern herbal medicine takes a syncretic approach, attempting to cross reference the benefits and advantages of unique variations of herbs and treatments from different traditions, and get the best combination and combination of herbal remedies.