Natural Products as Medicines

Plant-derived medicines are dispensed in the form of crude drugs like tinctures, teas, powders, poultices, and other herbal preparations. This eventually serves as the basis of the current modern drug discovery.

It has been estimated that about 80-85% of population both in developed and developing countries rely on traditional medicine for their primarily health care needs and it is assumed that a major part of traditional therapy involves the use of plant extracts or their active principles. In several countries, traditional medicine is still in vogue, and in fact, has been gaining more acceptability for treatment of chronic ailments. This is especially true for countries like India and China, which have a long tradition of fairly well-organized traditional therapy. About 20% of the population of the US takes herbal products, often in the absence of good evidence of their effectiveness.

  • anti-diabetic agents
  • anti-cancer agents
  • anti-microbial agents
  • Vaccines and antibodies

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