In a new study, researchers have found which medicinal plants in Vancouver have the highest potency and are the most likely to treat chronic diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes and depression.
They have also found that the best herbs can be grown anywhere and can be used as either an herb, an extract, or a supplement, said lead researcher and senior lecturer in pharmacology and toxicology at UBC’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Ritu S. Vyas.
According to Dr. Vysh, there are a number of medicinal plants that have been used as medicines in ancient times and have been passed down through generations of people.
Some of the oldest medicines were made from the roots of the plants, said Dr. Sivaramiah.
She said that in ancient India, medicinal plants were used as food or medicines for people who had very high fevers and diseases.
Many of these medicines were used in conjunction with herbs for treating diseases like arthritis, asthma and lupus, as well as in treating pain.
In the past, herbs were often used for their medicinal properties, as a supplement to diet, but now they are being used for a whole range of health conditions including cancers, diabetes, heart disease and depression, said the study’s lead author, Dr R.P.S. Kulkarni.
He said the new findings highlight that medicinal plants like herba have a wide variety of health benefits and are increasingly being used in the healthcare industry.
“As we continue to improve our understanding of the medicinal properties of medicinal herbs, we are starting to see how they can be incorporated into the development of new pharmaceuticals,” said Dr Kulkarna.
The study was published in the scientific journal Medicinal Chemistry and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).