Plant medicine: 28,000 medicinal plants have now been identified by modern scientists

Plant medicine: 28,000 medicinal plants have now been identified by modern scientists.

New analysis from 128,000 scientists representing twelve countries has been made public by Kew Gardens at Britain’s Royal Botanical Gardens in London.

Actually, since early times plants have provided the medicinal remedies of the human race. The whole structure of modern pharmacopeia is based on man’s trial and error historical knowledge of flowers, herbs, plants and trees.

The medicinal plant pioneers didn’t know what made certain plants work for what; they just knew it did work. Today scientists can tell us WHY certain plants have been found to help specific ailments.

Since 1981, 1,130 new therapeutic agents have been approved for use by Big Pharma drugs, 593 based on compounds from natural sources.

But only 16 percent (4,478) species) are cited in modern medicinal regulatory publications.

Fifteen of 56 natural drugs are registered for treatment of cancer from medicinal plants with a long history of traditional use.

Anti-cancerous drugs Vincristine and Vinblastine are based on the Madagascar periwinkle, catharanthus roseus, a member of the Apocynaceae family.

Researchers have found a thousand species of beneficial plants since their survey last year, including nine species of climbing vines used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Two plants, artemisinin and quinine are important weapons against malaria.

Monique Simmonds, deputy director of science at Yew, believes that there is a huge potential for plant medicine in the treatment of malaria, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

One plant, moraceae, is already used as a base by Big Pharma for the treatment of diabetes. However, the study reports that there are 656 flowering plants used traditionally for diabetes symptoms, that hold great potential.

But the process through the FDA and on to Big Pharma approval is slow.

So far, only five drugs have been developed for symptomatic treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, only two derived from plants.

The Yew report on plant medicine notes that some particularly powerful health benefits are derived from specific common plant families—such as Fabaceae, which includes peas and beans, Lamiaceae (mint) and Apiaceace, which is the family of carrots and parsley.

Once upon a time, the old agricultural nations cultivated herbs for their medicinal needs.

But the rise of the chemical pharmaceutical industry made these herbal concoctions obsolete, according to the Lehner book, Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants.

Now there is more interest and knowledge of historic medicinal practices to counteract the hazardous consequences of chemical drugs without the numerous side effects of chemicals.

So Big Pharma is seeking to patent and chemicalize natural plant medicine as a publicized antidote (to what they caused in the first place.)

There is an ominous result of increased scientific knowledge of medicinal plants, and growing corporate interest in a field once populated only by devoted natural health food retailers and whole food supplement-makers.

The exploding health food demands (coupled with corporate domination) threatens natural plant populations, leading to sustainability and conservation issues, according to the Yew report.

What are the solutions?

Learn about natural health and the difference between whole food supplements vs. the cheapies at the Big Box stores. Grow a garden. Support your local farmers markets. Imported ‘fresh’ food loses nutrition every day of its travels.

Above all, be cautious and selective of pharmaceutical drugs.

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