Uses of Medicinal Plants

December 18, 2020

1. Medicinal plant as a medical treatment for attention deficit disorder.

Medicinal plants are a very viable alternative to treating adolescents with ADD and  ADHD. WASHINGTON – As a California pediatrician and 49-year-old mother of two teenage daughters, Claudia Jensen said she regularly writes prescriptions recommending the use of medicinal plants for patients -particularly those suffering pain and nausea from chronic illnesses, such as AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and arthritis.
She has also worked with one family of a 15-year-old – whose family had tried every drug available to help their son, who by age 13 had become a problem student diagnosed as suffering from ADHD. Under Jensen’s supervision, he began treatment, settling it on in food and candy form, and he has since found equilibrium and regularly attends school.

2. Medicinal plants and arthritis

Rheumatology reported in a January 2006 article “Preliminary Assessment of The Efficacy, Tolerability and Safety of medicinal plants in The Treatment of Pain Caused By Rheumatoid Arthritis,” (Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 50-52) by D.R. Blake .“In comparison with placebo, the medicines based on medicinal plants produced statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest, quality of sleep.In the first ever controlled trial of  medicines based on medicinal plants, a significant analgesic effect was observed and disease activity was significantly suppressed following Sativex treatment.”
The Journal of Neuroimmunology states in their September 2005 article “medicinal plants and the Immune System: Potential For The Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases” .

3. Diabetes & Medicinal plants

A search of the scientific literature reveals no clinical investigations of medicinal plants for the treatment of diabetes, but does identify a small number of preclinical studies indicating that medicinal plants may modify the disease’s progression and provide symptomatic relief to those suffering from it.Most recently, a study published in the journal Autoimmunity reported that injections of 5 mg per day of the non-psychoactive Medicines based on medicinal plants significantly reduced the incidence of diabetes in mice. Investigators reported that 86% of untreated control mice in the study developed diabetes. By contrast, only 30% of treated mice developed the disease. In a separate experiment, investigators reported that control mice all developed diabetes at a median of 17 weeks (range 15-20 weeks) while a majority (60 percent) of treated mice remained diabetes-free at 26 weeks.