Friday, November 13, 2009

Medicinal Plants: Reference Guide

I highlighted a book some time ago called "The Green Pharmacy" by Dr. James A Duke. Dr. Duke is a world renowned botanist.

His website, "Green Pharmacy", is a site everyone should at least stop by and peruse.

A more direct index of plants, their chemical constituents, and the activities of a plant are listed on Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases.

The site is able to be searched by plant name, chemicals in a plant, activity of a plant, and by ethnobotanical uses (native medicine).

If one goes to the bottom of the "Specific Queries of the Phytochemical Database" section and selects "plants with a particular ethnobotanical use", clicks the link and types in "flu", a plethora of plants are shown that have been used in warding off the effects of the flu.

Might come in handy if "Obama Care" is foisted upon us.

You may want to save the database on a DVD for future use. The FDA continues in its efforts to shut down alternative forms of medicine. Not to mention if things get all squirrely and the grid goes down, you may find yourself having to play doctor.


Staying Alive said...

I get it! An ethno-what-ya-ma-call-it is what I call an herbalist. Herbalism is not politically correct but what social idiot has the audacity to run down ethno... Playing doctor is going to be a popular pastime in the near future, I do believe. Whoever gets good at it will be a popular member of their community.

Good post.


Bullseye said...

Thanks for the links brother, got it added to my favorites and will be taking a very close look.