Medicinal plants are known and traditionally used for their many virtues.
Did you know ?
"De materia medica" written by Dioscorides around 60 AD is one of the most influential works in botanic history.
Over the centuries, advances in botany and chemistry have made it possible to identify the active substances of medicinal plants and to understand their action on the human body. It was in 1818 that the first French Pharmacopoeia was published in order to identify knowledge of plants and their active ingredient.
Even today, medicinal plants remain a major source of active ingredients and are commonly used.
Their components can be used:
- directly : for example, quinine from cinchona is used to combat malaria
- lightly processed to improve their properties : this is the case of aspirin, which is a molecule very close to the salicylic acid contained in the white willow's bark
To optimise the benefits of medicinal plants, Laboratoires BIOFAR uses various processes to concentrate the active ingredients. Indeed, the plants can be used fresh or dried. They are then crushed, and an extraction is carried out to concentrate their beneficial elements.