Herbal medicine is the use of different plants to facilitate a healing response from the body to alleviate the symptoms and to address the cause of disease. It has been used for thousands of years, long before the invention of pharmaceutical drugs. It is still currently the major form of health care for around 80% of the world’s population. Herbal medicine has been scientifically proven to work for many medically diagnosed conditions. It is highly effective and is generally safer than its pharmaceutical counterparts. Professionally prescribed herbal medicines are generally non toxic and rarely have side effects. Alternative health medicine are gentler on the body, and usually have fewer side effects. Some reasons for this are that the herbal tinctures used in alternative health remedies work gradually. Pharmaceutical drugs lack the natural ingredients. They often contain toxins and have serious side effects. Many prescriptions have only a few years of research and use. We do not know the long term effects, dangers and how they are changing out bodies and our world.