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Natural Medicine by Shiven Taneja, Maxwell Cattermole and Nick Strausburg
Transcript of Natural Medicine by Shiven Taneja, Maxwell Cattermole and Nick Strausburg
Maxwell Cattermole and Shiven Taneja Natural Medicines How Plants turn into Medicine? Examples of Plants Pictures of Plants Turned into Medicine Background information Natural medicines cure a lot of the diseases in our world. The active ingredient from different plants/trees work together to make medicines that we see in pharmacies. The ingredients come from either the plants roots, leaves, bark, berries,seeds or flowers. Over 75% of the worlds population uses medicine from plants. This will change over time to a higher percentage because the world is producing more humans every day. That will have an impact on how much natural medicine the population uses to provide for new born babies. Mostly, the plants juice/active ingredient get squeezed from inside the plant . There are many areas where the active ingredient can come from. People can either get it from the plants roots, leaves, bark, berries,seeds or flowers. Often more than one plants active ingredient can be mixed together to make a strong medicine. Specific plants are added together to make a lot of medicines in the world today. This is still happening and more cures are being found from plants.
Another way to get medicines from plants is through the processes of centrifugal and filtration. In this process the plants are crushed, their juices extracted and then they are put into capsules and people take them as medicines.
Not all active ingredients from plants are good. Things like tobacco come from certain types of plants. Tobacco kills over five million people every year.
* Feverfew has been used for centuries to treat fevers and headaches.
*Alfalfa leaves are used to lower cholesterol.
*Cat's claw is used to prevent and treat diseases. Cat's claw is found in Central and South America.
*Digitalis used in treating cardiac disease.
*Elderberry are berries and leaves have been used to treat pain and swelling.
*Gingko is leaf extract that's been used to treat asthma.
*Hawthorn is fruit that has been used since the first century for heart disease.
*Jamaica dogwood is used in traditional medicine to treat pain, insomnia and anxiety.
*Lavender was traditionally used as an antiseptic and for mental health purposes. This is what the plants look like after they have been turned into medicines and put on the shelves of pharmacies. Conclusion Introduction Natural medicines use the active ingredients from plants to create medicines that can be used by the human body for healing purposes. The use of plants for their medicinal properties goes back a long way in human history with the ancient Chinese and Egyptians using them as far back as 3,000 B.C. The bark of the willow tree is chewed to relive headaches The world has benefited hugely from natural medicines. Since they have fewer side effects they are more beneficial for people to use them. The variety of medicines that we get from plants is enormous since there are so many varieties of plants found across the world. They are also cheaper to make and buy!
The world of medicine owes a lot to the natural medicines in preventing and curing diseases. Natural medicine being made from boiling the root and leaves of a plant Willow Tree's Bark The willow tree's bark has been used for centuries. It is estimated to have been used as early as 400 B.C. They were used in China and Europe.If you chew on the bark it relieves headaches, lower back pains, fever flu and Tendonitis. The bark contains salicylic acid which is a chemical similar to Asprin. In the 1900's salicylic acid was used to make Asprin.
In all the plants we studied, we found the willow tree's bark most interesting as it is still being used today and has so many different uses. Asprin is used to relive headaches This is what the willow tree's bark looks like