Herbal Medicine is the original medicine with its use dating back to neolithic man. Plants were discovered by intuitive methods and used in many ways such as decoctions, poltices and ointments. Today it is classified as alternative or complementary medicine however many would debate that herbal Medicine has always existed and is where all modern medicine has emerged from.
The father of Medicine Hippocrates used herbal medicine as a part of his integrated approach to illness. Drugs were not available however his depth of Knowledge of Phytotherapeutics was remarkable in age where no scientific research was available, yet the trust in the knowing was very evident.