About Plant Medicines

Plants have provided the earliest form of medicine to humans and animals for millennia. Plant medicines have successfully been used to heal many diseases and health conditions in every society and tradition of human civilization.

The earliest forms of writing provide clear evidence that early societies successfully utilized plant medicines for disease. Early records include cave drawings from around the world, Egyptian, Indian and South American hieroglyphs, Aborigine paintings and carvings, and early Scripture scrolls.

These early records of plant medicine application became more sophisticated, as plant types and clinical results translated into materia medica texts from China, India, Thailand and Europe. Meanwhile South American, North American and Pacific natives developed their own forms of clinical evidence for plant-based healing, which was passed down from one generation to the next by healers in each community for thousands of years.

These many records of plant medicine application from around the world have been the subject of scientific research over the past century. Overwhelmingly, modern science has substantiated the therapeutic nature of plant medicines used by traditional societies.

This is also evidenced by the reality that some 60 percent of pharmaceuticals are based upon compounds from plant medicines.

Plant Medicines is published by Realnatural, Inc., a company dedicated to providing evidence for the medicinal use of plants.

The Plant Medicines website offers the reader a resource for information on herbal medicines and food-based therapies. The information comes from the latest peer-reviewed scientific evidence combined with clinical literature from traditional medicines from around the world.

Each article is referenced with scientific literature. Our peer-reviewed references are placed below each article.

We also do not sell supplements or health devices on this site. And we do not bombard readers with irritating popups or automatic streaming videos.

We believe this focus upon information rather than supplement or health device sales creates objectivity in our reporting of the science.

Consistent with our mission of providing objective information, this site promotes responsible publications on natural health with educational materials such as books, ebooks, seminars and videos.

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Each of these texts are reasonably priced and thoroughly researched – with the latest clinical science combined with the wisdom of traditional health practices from around the world, and periodically updated with new research and clinical findings.

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