Herbs are getting more and more popular. Years ago, anyone interested in using or prescribing plants for medicinal purposes had to rely on folklore and anecdotes. There was little proven reliable research on herbs. However, with public demand, studies have mounted and we now have proof that herbs are viable treatments for many ailments.
Herbs won’t replace pharmaceuticals, but research shows that for many conditions, herbs work well and are less expensive than drugs,” says integrative physician Frank Lipman, M.D., founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. And unlike drugs, which just use the active ingredient, herbs usually don’t have side effects, Lipman adds. “The herbs are still in a whole, natural state and the other parts of the plant often mitigate the side effects,” he explained.