Phytotherapy is defined as herbal treatment in the literal sense, and the history of this concept goes back hundreds of years. Although the French doctor Henri Lenclerc, who lived between 1870-1953, was the first to use the term, herbal treatment practices began in the BC. In the Nineveh tablets written in 3000 BC, It is included in many ancient and historical documents, as well as in Chinese and Indian documents depicting 2500 years.
Esculap, which is shown among the most important names of Greek medicine, and Hippocrates, who is considered the father of today's medicine, mentions about 400 herbal products in his books and states that they are used extensively. It is known that Abu Reyhan, Ibn-i Sina and Al Gafini, who are the author of the book Kitab-al Saydalafi al Medicine, which is among the important works of Islamic medicine and accepted as a reference book until 1650, also benefited heavily from herbal treatment.
Herbal Therapy in the World
In the 19th and 20th centuries, developments in chemistry and biochemistry accelerated the pharmaceutical industry, and as a result of clinical studies carried out in line with the principles of effectiveness, harmlessness and quality, many drugs were developed that largely met the needs of medicine. Today, a quarter of the drugs developed in this way in the world are made from active ingredients obtained from plants. However, in recent years, many reasons such as the side effects of synthetic drugs, some failures in the final results, economic problems and ecological problems they cause during their production have made herbal treatment popular, especially in developed and western countries. It is known that in 2015, more than 7 billion dollars were spent on herbal treatment products in the USA alone. According to research by the World Health Organization, 80% of people believe in herbal medicine. The pharmaceutical industry, on the other hand, strives to increase the variety of herbal-based medicines every day.
Herbal Therapy in Turkey
In Turkey, herbal therapy comes to mind first, and this is an indication of the belief that phytotherapy is a non-medical, primitive treatment method. However, herbal therapy is an important form of treatment that should be guided by experts and organizations. Because, as everyone knows, the unconscious use of herbal products can cause harm. For this reason, the products should be prepared under the control of a physician by pharmacists and health institutions who are experts in this field.
Today, WHO (World Health Organization) also approves herbal treatment, and even scientists are working to develop drugs to be used in epigenetic therapy from bioactive substances in plants.
Phytotherapy in the RTM System
Evaluating the human through four body structures, RTM defines the functioning of the body as works put forward to serve life. He calls the values produced as a result of this operation as setpoints or vital constants. Because these values contain the optimum conditions necessary for the maintenance of life. Sometimes, malfunctions may occur in this operation due to a number of reasons. As a result of these disruptions, new values are revealed for the maintenance of life, which are new vital values defined as diseases or new settings. So there is no disease in the RTM system, there are new setting values.
There are three stages in the creation of new setting values. The first is bodily internal changes due to factors called the disease triad (pollution, system disruptions, DNA code changes) in the RTM system, the other is new hormonal and enzymatic changes due to these changes, and the third is disease processes that take names such as DM and HT and emerge as a result. .
In the RTM system, which looks at the body, the functioning of the body and diseases differently, treatment processes are followed in a holistic and different way. The purpose is to move the body to the initial setting values. For this, all three stages that are effective in the formation of the disease are in the treatment target. Phytotherapy also plays an important role in the organization of these stages.
Reversing the Disease Triad
First, action is taken to reverse the disease triad. Phytotherapeutic combinations should be arranged in a structure that includes cleansing, system supports and DNA code change.
Cleansing: The plants selected to support this process should have high detoxing ability and support the liver, kidney and lung, which are active structures in the cleaning process. It should also support antioxidant activities. Appropriate formulations are coordinated with this selectivity.
System Supports: Another approach is system supports. Our body is organized by systemic processes created by organs. Systemic inadequacies are determined and formulations are formed from plants that will support that system, whichever system is desired to be supported. Because some plants have positive selectivity on some systems. Just as black cumin has an effect on the defense system.
DNA Repair: For the other approach of the triad in the RTM system, defects in DNA are targeted. For this, especially germinal structures that can coordinate epigenetic changes are preferred. Because the correct seed structures remove the wrong attachments in the genes. The reason for this effect is the higher gene effect capacity in seed structures compared to above-ground structures.
Reorganization of Enzymes and Hormones
The second step in coordinating phytotherapeucs is; It is the organization of enzymatic and hormonal changes that occur after the disease triad. For this, therapeutic plants with active studies are preferred. For example, therapeutics such as milk thistle with proven effects on the liver, turmeric, which organizes enzymatic activities, flaxseed that mimics estrogen, or herbs that have effects on hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, are prescribed in accordance with appropriate information.
Return to Essence in DNA
The third stage in RTM prescriptions is the coordination of the result-oriented approach process. At this stage, there is the use of plants that will relieve the existing, revealed disease processes. For example, giving St. John's Wort combinations in depression or nettle herb combinations in anemia. It is also a good example to give thyme combinations in case of cough or infection.
In addition, adding additional phytotherapeutics by evaluating body types positively affects the treatment process.
In summary, phytotherapeutics occupy an important place in the RTM system and are used effectively in a special approach. It is also extremely important for the phytotherapeucs to be selected under appropriate conditions for the treatment processes to be successful.