Herbal medicine is one of the most used complementary and alternative therapies by people with cancer. Some studies have shown that as many as 6 out of every 10 people with cancer (60%) use herbal remedies. This is alongside conventional cancer treatments.
Epitheal is involved in a number of first stage research projects, investigating the potential of Herbal Medicines, formating recommended uses and developing safe conditions complying with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Also called: Botanicals, Phytotherapy
Herbal medicine was the primary mode of healthcare for all but the last 50-100 of the 12,500 years or so years that humans have been in Ireland. Today, around 80 per cent of the world’s population rely primarily on herbal medicine, whether passed through informal community networks or through specialised herbalists. In the western world, people visit herbalists out of choice; in the developing world, they visit them because there are not enough doctors and conventional medicine is prohibitively expensive.