Unani Herbal Therapeutics is an ancient system which asserts the benefits of herbs. Herbs have many properties which help in curing diseases. Moreover, they possess other constituents like resins, gum, sugar, vitamins, inorganic salts and many vegetable substances. These components act as built-in antidotes and safeguard the body from any ill effects of the herb itself. Thus, herbal medicines yield positive and complete effects keeping in mind the whole body system.
Unani Herbology or herbalism does not favor synthetic drugs which do
not keep in mind the overall integrity of the body and act only in a
specific portion. Unani Herbology believes that all the herbs have their
own distinct quality like hot, cold, dry or moist. This implies that
after being acted upon gastric juices and going through biochemical
changes it will produce some degree of heat, coldness, dryness or
Thus, the dominant characteristic of the herb and the specific
pharmacological effect on it counteracts the anomaly in the body.
Furthermore, there are a number of elatives, exhilarants and cardiac as
well as nervine tonics formulated in Unani System which are unique. It
even claims to boast of therapies which provide relief from all types of
depressive states or psychoneurotic conditions. The herbal formulas in
Unani can be both simple and compound and do not induce any feeling of
intoxication or addiction.
Herbal Therapeutics Principles
Like all other herbal healing medicine systems of the world, namely
Greek, Chinese, East Indian Ayurvedic, Arab, Persian, American Indian
and other traditional herbal methods, Unani system also follows some
Unani Formulary facilitates the determination of the medicine to be
taken in a specific disease condition and the way in which it is to be
consumed. For the convenience of the therapist as well as the patient,
the Formulary is arranged according to the various diseases that affect
different parts of the body.