Herbs are going to play important role in the future

Het gebruik van kruiden wordt steeds populairder. Volgens de WHO (World Health Organization) gebruikt 80% van de wereldbevolking geneeskrachtige kruiden om in primaire behoeftes te voorzien op het gebied van hun gezondheid.

De resterende 20% van de wereldbevolking is indirect ook afhankelijk van kruiden en planten. In Duitsland zijn tussen de 600 en 700 plamedicijnene beschikbaar die 700 medicijnen op planten gebasseerd. Deze medicijnen worden door 70 % van de artsen voorgeschreven.
Ongeveer 25% van de medicijnen in de Verenigde Staten is gebasseerd op plantenextracten of bestaan ten dele uit actieve stoffen verkregen uit plantmateriaal.

Er zijn vele oude mythen en misverstanden over kruiden en supplementen. Het is in ieder geval zeker dat kruiden een mogelijk alternatief zijn voor medicijnen en aan populariteit

OLD myths are hard to dispel. And when it comes to herbs and herbal supplements, the misconceptions are endless. Surely herbs offer potential alternatives to other medications and have indeed become popular.

But then we must remember that herbs have had a longstanding relationship with humans for thousands of years. Fossil records date human use of plants as medicines at least to the Middle Paleolithic age some 60,000 years ago. Long before scientists began investigating nature’s chemicals and the living creatures that synthesise them, human beings were making extracts, tinctures, and other preparations from plants and animals.

Here are some samplers on the popularity of the usage of herbs and herbal supplements. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 80% of the world’s population has incorporated medicinal plants into their primary modality of health care.

The remaining 20% of the world’s population also depends on plant products for health care. In Germany, roughly 600 to 700 plant-based medicines are available and are prescribed by approximately 70% of German physicians. About 25% of prescription drugs dispensed in the United States contain plant extracts or active ingredients derived from plants.

Out of a total of 520 new drugs approved for commercial use between 1983 and 1994, 30 were new natural products and 127 were chemically modified natural products. Needless to say, they are also the breeding grounds for much of good as well as bad information.

And if you are one of those millions who have reaped the benefits of herbs and herbal supplements or are intending to use herbs to better your health, we bust some common myths to help you use them wisely.

Remember, the right knowledge helps you use herbs correctly and live well.


Herbs no doubt are going to play an important role in the years to come. Busting all the myths and getting to know their rational use make them a better and safer choice in fulfilling your healthcare needs.