The Ayurvedic industry in India is probably the oldest medical care system in the world. The history of herbs in ancient India is so old that the ancient form of herbal healing has even been mentioned in the Vedas, an ancient religious work of the Hindus. The Rig Veda, which is believed to date back to 3000 BC mentions the ancient practice of Ayurvedic healing, while the Atharva Veda classifies the field of Ayurveda into eight divisions, each dealing with a different part and function of the human body and its organs. In ancient times, it was therefore the Vedic Brahmins who performed this ancient form of healing using herbal plants.
The ancient herbal healing methods of Ayurveda and Unani deal with the use of herbs and natural products to tackle health conditions. Ayurveda does not have a place as a perfect form of medicinal treatment in the developed world today but the ancient practice is still practiced by many Indians. In fact, due to the adverse effects of the components of many allopathic drugs, even people in the Western world have turned to Ayurvedic remedies for cures or at least to supplement their allopathic treatment with. Consequently, recent years have seen a great increase in the worldwide demand for herbal cures, herbal skin care products and even herbal cosmetics.
In modern times, the world has grown to appreciate this ancient form of medicine and consequently Indian herbal products manufacturers are benefiting from a tremendous demand for their goods. The herbal products industry India is growing rapidly and witnesses almost a thirty percent growth rate annually. There are also many scholars and students of medicine from other parts of the worlds who now want to learn more about the field of Ayurveda. However, even in olden times, scholars and medics from Greece, Rome, Tibet, Egypt and Persia had also been intrigued enough to make trips to India to learn about Ayurvedic medicine.
Some of the popular herbal products today are those that fit into a travel kit. Such travel kits do not contain complicated instructions or difficult to manage potions but rather contain basic herbal medications for minor cuts and ailments. Some of the basic contents of such an herbal kit would include Aloe Vera, which has been acknowledged as a 'miracle drug' the world over, ginger, garlic, peppermint, etc.
While herbal medicines would therefore appear to be new for Western healers and medical practitioners, the truth is that most prescribed medicines even today contain plant extracts. These plant extracts are thereafter fortified by combining them with pother ingredients. It is probably for this reason that even the World Health Organization has finally seen fit to endorse certain herbal medicinal care treatments. The World Health Organization now claims that such alternative herbal medical practices offer a relevant therapy. Although herbal medicines are still comparatively hard to obtain in America because of the rigid code of standardization the medicines must comply by in that country, other countries like Germany even have regular medical practitioners prescribing herbal drugs.