Plants have been used to treat diseases going back at least 65,000 years! The first known written records of the use of medicinal plants was done by the Egyptians, Aztecs, Incas and Sumerians and date back at least 5,000 years. Egypt, India and China still rely on herbal medicines. Twenty five percent of today’s pharmaceutical drugs still have plant ingredients and/or derivatives from PLANTS. Among the 120 active compounds currently isolated from higher plants and extensively used in modern medicine today, 80 percent show a positive correlation between their modern therapeutic use and the traditional use of the plants from which they are derived.
Some of the use of botanicals in modern medicine:
*An enzyme from the Papaya (Carica papaya) that helps to shrink or dissolve ruptured disks in the spine.
*The use of Taxol (Paclitaxel), derived from the bark from Pacific Yew tree against several types of cancer.
*The use of the Rosy Periwinkle, (Vinca rosea), from Madagascar against childhood leukemia,
*Capsaicin from Cayenne pepper (Capsicum fruticosum), to treat the pain of arthritis, shingles, and circulatory health.
*Pilocarpine, (from the Pilocarpus shrub in the Amazon rainforest)
*Arecoline, from the Betelnut (Areca catechu) to treat glaucoma.
*The cancer treatment drug Topotecan is extracted from Camptotheca (Happy tree).
*Curare (from which d-turbocuarine is isolated) and that is used as a general anesthesia and to treat muscular disorders.
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