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Medicinal Drugs from Common Plants



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Studies show that 80% of our world's population currently uses medicines made of plant or plant extracts for vast healthcare purposes. Many of today's most popular medicines have compounds derived from the long, effective history of herbal healing. These include opium, aspirin, digitalis, and the often used drug compound, ephedrine.

The study of herbs in medicine goes back over 5,000 years to when the Sumerians first discovered healing powers in plants.
Present science, recognizing a strong potential with herbal medicines, conducts research on better ways of extracting the healing properties of plants and ways of effectively bringing together the compounds within.

With today's medicine almost obsolete, scientists must ask themselves, what to do when present diseases finally develop a resistance to current treatments? The science world readies for this possibility with a slew of fresh medicines to replace the old, most of them infused with the strong, newly analyzed chemicals of plants.

Aloe, a plant once again undergoing experimentation, has brought us medicinal benefits and products by the multitude. These include its antiseptic and antibiotic properties, useful in healing of wounds, a knack of treating first and second degree burns, and healing of poisons and infections.
With current disease growing in strength, science finds those properties of aloe which make it a possiblity to treat ulcers, diabetes, cancers, arthritis, and an expanding list of others.

Scan any label from your medicine cabinet, a plant compound or herbal chemical is practically guaranteed a place among the ingredients list. Our entire modern medicine system is, after all, derived from that of our past's herbalist healing methods. Pain relievers, cough medicines, even weight-loss formulas hold plant extractions.
Common plant bases found in today's medicines include:
Purple cornflower - Reduces length and discomfort of symptoms caused by the flu.
St. Johns Wort - Used for its anti-depressants properties.
Oregano - Potential for fighting against multi-drug resilient bacteria.
Lemon juice and apple vinegar cider - Used in treatment of acne.

Scientists now are accelerating programs involved with the study and use of plant-derived drugs.
A potential cancer cure may even today may be nestled somewhere within the numerous, dense rainforests where hundreds of plants haven't yet been tried for medical purposes.

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