Interesting Trivia on Medicinal Plants

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Interesting Trivia on Medicinal Plants


Today, there is a growing preference for the natural over the unnatural. No wonder more and more people are getting curious and interested to know about plants that have medicinal properties. These plants are more popularly known as herbs. Yes, the phrase herbal medicine or plant medicine has now gained wide acceptance.Here are interesting trivia on medicinal plants (herbs) that I would like to share with you:-Do you know that since prehistoric times, the ancient people have been using plants to treat their ailments;Do you know that there are about 250,000 living plant species around the world and so far only two (2%) percent has been thoroughly screened or investigated for phyto-chemicals with potential medicinal uses;Do you know that in the Philippines, there are reportedly 9,000 different plant species – and sixty (60%) are endemic to the Philippines. Only 450 out of the 9,000 species have thus far been identified with medicinal uses;Do you know that the study of herbs (plants with medicinal properties) dates back over 5,000 years by the Sumerians. The term Sumerian is the common name given to the ancient inhabitants of Southern Mesopotamia (Iraq);Do you know that 5,000 years ago, garlic was already being used as a medicinal food to ward off illness and disease. …

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