Herbalism is otherwise known as botanical medicine and is one of the most ancient form of medical treatment. It has been used by various ancient civilizations including the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Indians. In present-day herbalists say that herbal medicine can help a variety of diseases including asthma, arthritis and some even say cancer. But to what extent do we have evidence to support this proposition. Of course as you would, like with any other regular drug, you need the right amount of the herb or drugs in order to be treated properly. These herbs can be misused as seen with cannabis (marijuana), but Tylenol and aspirin can be misused just as much. A recent study shows that Echinacea, a Native American form of treating depression, has the ability to boost the immune system just as much as the anti-depressants found at a drug-store. It is also necessary to keep in mind that herbs are the basis of modern-day drugs. For example aspirin comes from willow bark and the painkiller form of morphine comes from opium poppy. Scientists have greatly modified these herbs that have been used directly used for over thousand years and even today and made these herbs into the necessities we cannot live without today. Extra chemicals and substances have been added to make these herbal treatments more efficient. Although scientists were able to add all these substances they are not entirely sure about what exactly it is that makes these herbs medicinal in the first place. Whether modern-day herbalism is more or less reliable and effective than the usual drugs we get in our drug-store one thing must be remembered. Everything we own even if we call it man-made comes from something in the earth. And for medicine a good portion of it has its foundation in the ever-old ancient methods of herbalism.