The rainforest has many different plants that can be used as herbal medicines. Some of the most important medicines come from the Amazon. They have been used for hundreds and hundreds of years. These plants can be deadly if taken in large doses, but in small doses they can be very helpful. They can be used to cure headaches, skin irritation, high blood pressures, and many other diseases. Here are some of them:
Approximately one quarter of the world’s medications are in some way derived from rainforest plants. Relative to the huge amount of species available, few have been scientifically tested for medicinal value, but there are still many plants that are well-known herbal remedies. Some examples are:
Rainforests worldwide are also the source of plants that can be developed into drugs that may treat or prevent diseases like AIDS and HIV. Ancistrocladus is a vine found in Cameroon that is used to make the effective anti-HIV drug Michellamine B. Plants that may help fight AIDS have also been found in Indonesia and Australia. Taxol is an approved ovarian cancer drug derived from the Pacific yew tree.
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