The Value and Importance of Plants in Medicine

Plants not only serve as our food, but they also have numerous healing and health benefits. It goes to reason that plants serve an extremely significant role in the all round composition of our health: Healthy eating is the best preventative medicine. Numerous edible and medicinal plants can also be used to heal an illness, should we find ourselves in any such a situation. Everything that plants provide is geared towards preventing and healing imbalances, be they acute or chronic. For example, we know that just by eating a diet that is high in plant foods, where about three-quarters of our daily food comes from plants, we can effectively prevent and/or greatly reduce and/or reverse the three main chronic diseases of our modern society: cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Plants have been used as medicine and used extensively as diverse healing modalities for millennia for anything from external to internal infections, mental and emotional imbalances, as well as for every imaginable physical illness.

Many of the pharmaceuticals currently available to physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including opium, aspirin, digitalis, and quinine. The term of medicinal plants include various types of plants used in herbalism and some of these plants have medicinal activities. These medicinal plants considered as rich resources of ingredients can be used in drug development and synthesis. Besides that, these plants play a critical role in the development of human cultures around the world. Some therapeutic plants include ginger, green tea, walnuts and some others plants.

Pharmaceuticals are prohibitively expensive for most of the world’s population. In comparison, herbal medicines can be grown from seeds or gathered from nature for little or no cost. But the current belief that medicines which come in capsules or pills are the only medicines that we can trust and use. But most modern science is often all too silent or ignorant of the power of plants for medicinal use. On the one hand, there are some outstanding research studies that have coherently linked many plants as being effective options for specific conditions. Then again, there is both a lack of proper science in this field and a resistance by many lay people to understand plants beyond science. Too many of us today have given away our independent thinking skills and only rely on what the often biased and limited science tells us.

Even so, we know that most of these pills and capsules we take and use in our lives come from plants. Medicinal plants frequently used as raw materials for extraction of active ingredients are used in the synthesis of different drugs. Like in cases of laxatives, blood thinners, antibiotics and anti-malaria medications.

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