Essential medications you didn’t know have natural sources

Mother Nature has provided many of the miracle medications saving lives today

Stars Insider

11/11/22 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Medicine

While many doctors and scientists scoff at the suggestion of alternative plant-based medicines being used in place of pharmaceuticals, the truth is that many of the medications prescribed to us actually come from the ultimate chemist: Mother Nature. When a valuable medicinal compound is found in nature, pharmaceutical scientists draw on the source directly to create a drug, but eventually they can map the entire genome of the plant or animal and can then synthesize the parts they need, leaving nature in peace. This alternative is better for the environment and reduces the risk of endangerment and extinction.

The World Health Organization estimates that 11% of the 'basic' and 'essential' drugs we use today are derived from flowering plants, while numerous life-saving drugs are extracted from poisonous snake venom! Intrigued? Then click through the following gallery to find out more about the essential medications that are naturally sourced.

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