The doctrine of natural therapeutic factors of medicinal plants occupy a special place. Acquaintance with the medicinal properties of plants lalele out in the past and is closely linked with a thousand years history of human development. The names of Hippocrates, Pliny and Dioscorid, collected, compiled and recorded information about the medicinal properties of plants accumulated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, known to every expert in this area. It’s safe to say that will never be forgotten Galen, abbess Hildegard of Bingen, albert the Great, Paracelsus, Sebastian Kneipp and the priest Küntzle, each of which has contributed to the development of herbal medicine. In the late middle ages were very popular herbalists who contributed to the dissemination of knowledge about the healing power of plants.
Herbal medicine today
Over time, the doctrine of the use of medicinal plants for health purposes has grown into science, which became known as phyto (from the Greek. phyton — a plant and therapeia treatment) or herbal treatment. Experts find out why and act on the human body herbs, identify chemical compounds and isolated them in laboratory conditions to establish their properties and features. Continue reading
Most often we are looking for information about the benefits of any unknown exotic fruits and vegetables. And we forget those who are always there.
Potatoes or simply potatoes, not only our “second bread”, it can replace some cosmetics, and first aid kit. Potato benefits and harms.
The Motherland of potato is South America, European countries, the potato became known in 1573, and then spread throughout the earth. In Russia, the potato came through Peter I in the XVIII century, and now many of the potato is considered a traditional Russian dish.
Potatoes – use. Potato is considered as a useful vegetable because it contains: water (75%), starch (17.5 percent), carbohydrates, fibre (1%), a small amount of protein and fat. As well as vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, K; minerals: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron; organic acids: malic, citric, oxalic.
Along with the usefulness of a potato — simply delicious vegetable, which is cooked many dishes. Also in folk medicine, there are recipes with potatoes, which help from ailments and diseases. Continue reading
This discovery would not have become a revelation for the doctors of Ancient China. Artemisinin used to treat malaria back in the early 70’s but the plant on the basis of which manufactured the drug, was used in febrile States already in III–IV centuries.
The residences identified properties of artemisinin, studying traditional Chinese treatises on the use of medicinal herbs. The way this discovery was complicated by a vast array of information, the need to conduct hundreds of experiments and political situation in China of the 70s. fortunately, persistence paid off, and now artemisinin is a key anti-malaria drug.
Artemisinin is not only derived from plants, the compound that is used in modern medicine. For example, another medicine for malaria – quinine comes from the bark of a tropical South American Cinchona tree Cinchona officinalis L. analgesic morphine from the opium poppy Papaver somniferum L, and the poison strychnine – from the tree Strychnos nux-vomica L. These plants were used for thousands of years before chemists were able to extract their active ingredients. Continue reading