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Event Highlights: The History of, and Contemporary Advances in, Botany, Herbal and Alternative Medicine

October 2, 2011

On Monday September 26, 2011 Alfred Ernest Schuyler, PhD, Curator Emeritus, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and Ludovic Rassat, CEO and President of Boiron, USA spoke about The History of, and Contemporary Advances in Botany, Herbal and Alternative Medicine at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.   Overall the talk was entertaining yet educational, witty and down to earth.  Pun intended.

Here are a few highlights of the discussion:

  • Written record of herbs began ~4,600 years ago, starting with ginseng
  • In 1738 Ben Franklin was told about ginseng, and the plant was sent to London
  • Danielle Boon had a vast collection of ginseng
  • 1817 – 1819 Vegetable Materia Medlca was published
  • 1950 goldenseal was first noted in a published book
  • Individuals seek natural remedies largely for pain, upper respiratory issues and anxiety
  • The current market for vitamins and minerals is 12 billion US dollars
  • The current market for the US homeopathic market is 600 million
  • People want natural because: pharmaceuticals are not truly fixing the issues, drugs have dangerous side effects, and the the approach to individual care is trending towards preventative based care
  • The number of integrative care centers at medical/hospital institutions are growing (For a great example check out the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals)
  • The US government does have a governing body, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, that attempts to communicate natural options to the public AND research results.
  • Homeopathic medicine is HUGE in France.
  • 30% of doctors in France are integrating some version of homeopathic treatment
  • Using homeopathic treatment cuts the cost of health care.

For more information check out the National Center for Homeopathy.

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