Many of the pharmaceuticals currently available to physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including opium, aspirin, digitalis, and quinine. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 25% of modern drugs used in the United States have been derived from plants. At least 7,000 medical compounds in the modern pharmacopoeia are derived from plants. Among the 120 active compounds currently isolated from the higher plants and widely used in modern medicine today, 80% show a positive correlation between their modern therapeutic use and the traditional use of the plants from which they are derived.
Herbal remedies are very common in Europe. In Germany, herbal medications are dispensed by apothecaries. Prescription drugs are sold alongside essential oils, herbal extracts, or herbal teas. Herbal remedies are seen by some as a treatment to be preferred to pure medical compounds that have been industrially-produced. In India, herbal remedies are so popular that the government of India has created a separate department called “AYUSH” under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The National Medicinal Plants Board was also established in 2000 by the Indian government in order to regulate the herbal medical system in that country.
Her attention and interest were focused upon learning more about the body and how to keep it free from disease. After her schooling, Florence was presented with the opportunity to move to California which she knew as the land of sunshine, greenery and temperate climates. She soon fell in love with her new country, delighting in the fact that on the West Coast, she could maintain a lovely and thriving garden all year round.