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Summary of Role of Medicinal Plant

The term “medicinal plant” include various styles of plants employed in herbalism ("herbology" or "herbal medicine"). it's the employment of plants for medicinal purposes, and therefore the study of such uses.

The word “herb” has been derived from the Latin word, “herba” and an French word “herbe”. Now a days, herb refers to any a part of the plant like fruit, seed, stem, bark, flower, leaf, stigma or a root, yet as a non-woody plant. Earlier, the term “herb” was only applied to non-woody plants, including those who come from trees and shrubs. These medicinal plants also are used as food, flavonoid, medicine or perfume and also in certain spiritual activities.

Plants are used for medicinal purposes long before prehistoric period. Ancient Unani manuscripts Egyptian papyrus and Chinese writings described the utilization of herbs. Evidence exist that Unani Hakims, Indian Vaids and European and Mediterranean cultures were using herbs for over 4000 years as medicine. Indigenous cultures like Rome, Egypt, Iran, Africa and America used herbs in their healing rituals, while other developed traditional medical systems like Unani, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine within which herbal therapies were used systematically.