Phytomedicine obtained from herbal sources are in great demand in the developed world as they are able to cure many infectious diseases. These plant based drugs provide outstanding contribution to modern therapeutics. The natural medicine are attracting renewed attention from both practical and scientific view points, but the mode of action of folk herbal medicines and related products from nature is even more complex than mechanistic clarification of a single bioactive factor. They have proved their efficacy for primary health care because of their safety and lesser side effects. They also offer therapeutics for age-related disorders like memory loss, osteoporosis, immune disorders, etc. The new-found popularity is due to their almost miraculous success with cases which were given up as hopeless by the allopathic doctors as their side-effect free treatment. The integration of phytomedicine into the health system should be developed in such a way to bring harmony between the traditional and modern system of health care with minimum threat to each other. The present review deals with impact and present scenario of phytomedicine in the society.
Key words: Phytomedicine, herbal medicine, medicinal plant, metabolomics.
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