Over-the-Counter Drugs, Prescription and Herbal Drugs
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... Over-the-Counter Drugs, Prescription, and Herbal Drugs Over-the-Counter Drugs, Prescription, and Herbal Drugs Herbal drugs are plant extracts used as preventive and curative medicine. This branch of medicine makes up part of alternative medicine that involves the use of non-conventional methods in preventive and curative medicine. Early in the 19th century before widespread use of chemical analysis, there was widespread use of herbal drugs. After the advent of chemical analysis, scientists identified the active components in these drugs. Using their results, they prepared laboratory analogs, and this started the decline of herbal medicine (University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC, 2010)....