TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE IS USED BY APPROXIMATELY 65% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION(i) AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM), WHICH INCORPORATES HERBAL MEDICINE INTO ITS PRACTICES, HAS DEVELOPED OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND IS STILL AN IMPORTANT MEDICAL PRACTICE THAT’S USED IN CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES TO THIS DAY(ii).
Traditional medicine, including TCM, is providing guidance for drug development as pharmaceutical and medical researchers look for bioactive molecules (compounds that affect cells and tissue) present in the plants and other organisms used in traditional formulations(iii). Today, at least 25% of western drugs are either compounds produced by plants or are based entirely on plant compounds(iv). Believing that plants produce bioactive molecules is not difficult. Given they lack a nervous system and the ability to move, they must interact with their world using chemical communication; namely by enticing, defending, healing, and attacking. Many of the compounds they produce can and do, interact with our physiology.