On the Trail of Medicines at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Si os interesa la fitoterapia, sus bases científicas y los medicamentos descubiertos a partir de las plantas os interesará este artículo. Como veréis las plantas medicinales no son inocuas y deben ser utilizadas de manera responsable. Así, podrán ser una ayuda a la medicina convencional.

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By Gwenda Kyd  1

Cambridge University Botanic Garden was developed by John Stevens Henslow, mentor of Charles Darwin, and it was opened to the public in 1846. Many of the garden’s plants have traditional uses as medicines, foods, dyes, building materials, writing tools and textiles. Today, plants remain an important source of materia medica. In the 30 years prior to 2010, nearly 50% of new drugs originated in the natural world, many from plants, and of the 252 drugs which the World Health Organization has designated as essential, 11% come directly from flowering plants. Close to 80% of these plant-based drugs are used to treat similar conditions to those treated by the same plants in traditional medicine.

Traditional medicine is defined by WHO as the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well…

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