Sometimes it seems that science lags behind long held beliefs of those that came before us. I thought this was a wonderful piece to share, and I hope it lights the way for a continual relationship between modern medicine and nature.
“Fewer and fewer new drugs have been successfully making it to the marketplace over the last 10 years, in large part because of a reliance on chemical synthesis for making new chemicals,” said Chappell. “Somehow in our fast-track lives, we forgot to take advantage of the lessons provided by Mother Nature. That is all changing now with the recognition that two-thirds of all currently prescribed drugs can be traced back to natural sources and the development of resources such as those in the MPC to facilitate new drug discovery activities.”
To develop the resources, the researchers studied the genes and chemical profiles of 14 plants known for medicinal properties or compounds with biological activity. These included plants such as foxglove, ginseng, and periwinkle. The findings will help researchers discover how nature’s chemical diversity is created and enable them to uncover new drug candidates or increase the efficacy of existing ones. via http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111215095243.htm