Before there was modern-day medicine and its pharmacopeia of synthetic drugs, there were plants, and ancient civilizations knew how to use them strategically to treat common ailments and even life-threatening diseases. For example, the ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, a scroll from 1550 BC that's over 100 pages long, details 700 medicinal herbs and how to use them.
Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the world's population still uses traditional remedies, including plants, as their primary health care tools. Furthermore, the majority of new drugs introduced in the US are derived from natural products, primarily plants.
Many of us don't realize that many of our medical ailments can be fixed by natural remedies right in our backyard. Here are some important medical uses for herbs.