Herbal drugs have provided us with potent weapons like atropine, codeine, taxol, vincristine and vinblastine. In the modern scenario, diseases are becoming drug-resistant and scientists are studying possible roles of plant based drugs for screening life saving drugs. The herbal system of medicine is a full fledged system of medicine and it can not be ruled out as quackery. Backing up this system is the fact that ancient findings and documentation have through the centuries provided us with leads on the development of life-saving drugs.
"Herbal Medicine–Dream Unresolved,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2007
, Article 18.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2007/iss1/18