The Role of Plant-Derived Drugs and Herbal Medicines in Healthcare

  title={The Role of Plant-Derived Drugs and Herbal Medicines in Healthcare},
  author={Peter A. G. M. De Smet},
SummaryMany of our present medicines are derived directly or indirectly from higher plants. While several classic plant drugs have lost much ground to synthetic competitors, others have gained a new investigational or therapeutical status in recent years. In addition, a number of novel plant-derived substances have entered into Western drug markets. Clinical plant-based research has made particularly rewarding progress in the important fields of anticancer (e.g. taxoids and camptothecins) and… 

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