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Herbs are plants, some of which you're familiar with. That sprig of parsley garnishing your dinner plate was originally served with meals to aid digestion and cleanse the breath. The use of herbs in healthcare is as old as mankind and is documented in Roman, Egyptian. Persian and Hebrew history. Herbs are also the foundation of our modern pharmaceutical industry. Many drugs have active elements originally isolated from herbs, such as digitalis from foxglove and atropine from belladonna.