Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3834


Herbal medicine in ancient Egypt

N. H. Aboelsoud
Department of Complementary Medicine Researches and Applications, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 December 2009
  •  Published: 18 January 2010


Civilization in Ancient Egypt was not only the pyramids and tombs, but it involved all aspects of human life. Health and wellbeing was one of the most cared arts by the pharaohs. Both the physicians and magicians participated in the field of medical care. From holistic view they conceived health and sickness as an unceasing fight between good and evil. Most of the complementary medicine modalities were originated from ancient Egyptians. One of these modalities is herbal medicine, which is the subject we are going to spot light on in this review. Our comments depended on what Ancient Egyptians recorded in their medical papyri.


Key words: Ebers papyrus, medicinal plants, remedies, prescriptions, ancient Egypt.