Native Plants/plants that make medicine
I need to know some information for my Bot class , And i was wondering what various plants are turn into medicine?
Thanks for your question. About 60% of pharmaceuticals are made from plants, or are synthesized from plant derivatives. Plants are being studied all the time as we search for cures for disease. Here is a partial list, and I will add some links with more information below.
Opium Poppy - parpaver somniferum - Morphine, Codine, and other painkillers.
Foxglove - Digitalis Purpurea - Digitalis - a powerful heart medicine
Fever Tree - Cinchona Succiruba - Quinine - treats Malaria
Daffodil - Narcissus - used to treat Alzheimers
Willow - Salix species - from which common aspirin is derived
Bella Donna - Atropa Belladonna - contains atropine, which is used to relax eye muscles, and is also an antidote to organophosphate posioning - most insecticides
Madagascar periwinkle - Vinca- used to treat certain forms of cancer
Milk Thistle seed - silybum - used in liver ailments
Mango - rotten mango fruit is a major component of high dollar wrinkle treatments
The following link is to Duke University Ethnobotanical database. You can search by plant, disease, or active compounds.
I hope this is helpful to you.