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A quick snap shot of the top 10 most searched for medicinal herbs online in 2020.
Research shows natural remedies are set to become a bigger part of our self care routines
According to findings released by Orbis Research on the global organic herbal medicine market, Europe, the second largest region in the market, is expected to continue being major player in leading the market’s growth until 2026. This is attributed to strong governmental support for research & development in clinical sectors to enhance herbal medicine, as well as the boost in consumer demand for natural alternatives to traditional drugs.
Analysis from Kenneth Research highlights some of the main drivers in the global herbal medicine market such as the rise in liver and heart diseases and the surging aging populations in both developed and developing countries. The increasing standards in manufacturing practices for dietary supplements, technological advancements and a rise in research & development investment in healthcare sector are set to continue creating more opportunities in the market over the coming years.
With plenty of guides available to help us seek out medicinal and healing plants for ourselves, in our hedgerows, on foraging missions in our local parks or indeed, to have a go at growing our own supply at home in ours gardens – we’re seeing lots of encouragement online to dabble in natural remedies, do our self-healing or simply to explore medicinal plants/herbs and increase our connection with nature. One well-known gardening columnist leading the way is Alys Fowler, currently designing and developing the UK’s first medicinal herb or ‘physic’ garden for women and girls, sited in the Lancashire town of Nelson and set to launch phase one later this year.
The coronavirus has heightened our need to look after ourselves and protect our immune systems too. It was reported this week that Yemenis, faced with medicine shortages and overwhelmed hospital wards, have turned to the more affordable option of traditional herbal medicines.
Two studies have been published by scientists in India, the UK and South Korea, indicating that herbal medicine might help in easing symptoms of covid-19. One of the authors, Dr Pattanathu Rahman from the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth, UK, said: “There is an urgent need for novel treatment options for Covid-19, and Indian medicinal plants might prove to be one of the ways forward.
Dr Rahman highlighted it was likely to be a while before a vaccine is available to fight Covid-19, but scientists already know it is structurally very similar to another covid virus, SARS, for which Indian medicinal herbs have been found to be beneficial.
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