6 Plants Used As Health Saving Drugs

#1 Cannabis Sativa And Dronabinol

The drug dronabinol has been created as a synthetic form of THC to utilize some of marijuana’s side effects. There are various uses for the drug, but most commonly, it is used as an appetite stimulant for patients with AIDS and as an antiemetic in patients receiving chemotherapy.

#2 Podophyllum Peltatum And Etoposide

Named etoposide, the medication works by stopping the tumor cells’ ability to divide. It blocks a specific enzyme that cells need in order to replicate. Therefore, rapidly dividing cells such as cancer cells are heavily affected.

#3 The Calabar Bean And Physostigmine

Medically, physostigmine increases the amount of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by blocking the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which breaks it down. It is especially useful in treating the disease myasthenia gravis and has been more recently used to treat Alzheimer’s.

#4 Meadow Saffron And Colchicine

it has been a treatment for maladies such as gout, familial Mediterranean fever, Behcet’s disease, and pericarditis. It works in a similar way to Taxol, as it blocks microtubules.

#5 Indian Snakeroot And Reserpine

It was used to treat high blood pressure and insanity. In the past it was also used as a treatment for labor, snakebites, fever, and intestinal problems.

#6 Indian Hemp And Pilocarpine

Pilocarpus jaborandi (Indian hemp), was used to treat a variety of maladies but most commonly for fever. It was found that the leaves could trigger profuse sweating, salivation, and urination as a way to rid the body of toxins.