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Unformatted text preview: at least one compound currently or once derived from or patterned after active substances found in plants. Very few of the world’s plant species (5% ?) have had the full spectrum of their pharmaceutical potential tested in laboratories. There are over 750,000 plants on earth. There are over 750,000 plants on earth. Relatively speaking, only a very few of the healing herbs have been studied scientifically. And because modern pharmacology looks for one active ingredient and seeks to isolate it to the exclusion of all the others, most of the research that is done on plants continues to focus on identifying and isolating active ingredients, rather than studying the medicinal properties of whole plants. The World Health Organization (WHO) The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4 billion people, 80% of the world population, presently use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Herbal medicine is a major component in all indigenous peoples’ traditional medicine and a common elemen...
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This document was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course AGRO 1001 at LSU.
- Fall '11