Importance of Herbal Medicine

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Herbal Medicine Facts and Statistics

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Herbal Medicine Facts and Statistics

Research has shown that over 40% of plants comprise key ingredients which can be used for prescription drugs, and researchers look to traditional medicine as a guide to help them.

There are as many as one hundred and twenty compounds which have been taken from the higher plants, and 80 percent of those which are used in modern medicine have a positive connection between their modern usage and their traditional usage.

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Two thirds of all the plants in the world which have medicinal properties can be found in developing countries. Of all the components which comprise the current day pharmacopoeia, seven thousand were taken from plants.

To understand the importance of herbal medicine, it is first important to learn a little bit about plants. Every plant on the planet creates specific chemical compounds which is a basic part of their metabolic function.

These main metabolites may include fats or sugars, as well as metabolites which are found in a lower number of plants, but which are contained within a specific species.

Pigments are responsible for the harvesting of light, and this will conceal the plant from radiation, and will showcase colors which will invite pollinators.

While it may come as a surprise, many common weeds also have medical properties. When it comes to the second metabolites, their functions can vary greatly. They may act as toxins which are designed to block them from being eaten, and they may also emit pheromones which will invite insects to pollinate them.

Phytoalexins are responsible for blocking both fungal and bacterial agents. Allelochemicals can be responsible for battling against other plants which are also fighting for light and soil.

Plants can also alter their biochemistry depending on the herbivores, microorganisms, and insects which live in their area.

The chemical profile of any plant is not set in stone, and could change over a certain period of time depending on its surroundings.

The secondary metabolites are important in humans since they are responsible for therapy. These secondary metabolites can also be altered to create a variety of different drugs.

Plants are also responsible for the synthesis of an impressive amount of phytochemicals. The word "drug" is actually derived from "drug," which basically translates into "dried plant".

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Plants are known for the synthesis of alkaloids, which comprises a ring that has nitrogen. Alkaloids can alter the central nervous system in a dramatic manner. The best example of a typical alkaloid is caffeine, which can give one a mild lift.

Plants also produce phenolics, which have rings made of phenol. These are responsible for making grapes purple, and they also provide numerous attributes to tea.

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