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Pharmacogn Rev. 2012 Jan;6(11):1-5. doi: 10.4103/0973-7847.95849.

Historical review of medicinal plants' usage.

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Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Vodnjanska 17, 1000 Skopje, The Republic of Macedonia.

Abstract

Healing with medicinal plants is as old as mankind itself. The connection between man and his search for drugs in nature dates from the far past, of which there is ample evidence from various sources: written documents, preserved monuments, and even original plant medicines. Awareness of medicinal plants usage is a result of the many years of struggles against illnesses due to which man learned to pursue drugs in barks, seeds, fruit bodies, and other parts of the plants. Contemporary science has acknowledged their active action, and it has included in modern pharmacotherapy a range of drugs of plant origin, known by ancient civilizations and used throughout the millennia. The knowledge of the development of ideas related to the usage of medicinal plants as well as the evolution of awareness has increased the ability of pharmacists and physicians to respond to the challenges that have emerged with the spreading of professional services in facilitation of man's life.

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History; medicinal plants; plant drugs; usage

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