Live Healthy! Medicinal plants, the health of your home! – new stamp issue by Roman Post

August 25th, 2015 got to know that Romfilatelia dedicated a new postage stamp issue to the health domain, entitled "Live Healthy! Medicinal plants, the health of your home!" The issue consists of four items that were put into circulation on the 5th of August.

Mainly, the subject addresses what is known as phytotherapy. Phytotherapy (phyton ‒ plant and therapea ‒ treatment) is the ancient science that uses plants for the purpose of healing. Ancient writings record descriptions of the therapeutic properties of plants. The first treatise on plants appeared 5,000 years ago in China, the later published materials talking about their use in medicine and cosmetics.

The most famous texts on medicinal plants and their healing properties were discovered in Egypt, Greece and ancient Rome.Phytotherapy medicines differ from plant-derived medicines in standard pharmacology. Where standard pharmacology isolates an active compound from a given plant, phytotherapy aims to preserve the complexity of substances from a given plant with relatively less processing.

Phytotherapy is distinct from homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine, and avoids mixing plant and synthetic bioactive substances. Traditional phytotherapy is a synonym for herbalism and regarded as alternative medicine by much of Western medicine. Although the medicinal and biological effects of many plant constituents such as alkaloids (morphine, atropine etc.) have been proven through clinical studies, there is debate about the efficacy and the place of phytotherapy in medical therapies.

Modern phytotherapy, following the scientific method, can be considered the study on the effects and clinical use of herbal medicines.

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