Conclusion

Approximately 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus and his crew were interested and placed value on spice. In fact, wars were fought and empires were built to ensure access to spices.8 Today spices are used around the globe in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is important for healthcare providers to understand why patients may be consuming spices and herbal supplements, either for preventive or therapeutic purposes. Research is progressing and more evidence is supporting the therapeutic benefits of spices.