The ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery: strengths and limitations.

@article{Cox1994TheEA,
  title={The ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery: strengths and limitations.},
  author={Patricia A Cox},
  journal={Ciba Foundation symposium},
  year={1994},
  volume={185},
  pages={25-36; discussion 36-41}
}
For pharmaceuticals ranging from digitalis to vincristine the ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery has proven successful. The advent of high-throughput, mechanism-based in vitro bioassays coupled with candidate plants derived from pain-staking ethnopharmacological research has resulted in the discovery of new pharmaceuticals such as prostratin, a drug candidate for treatment of human immunodeficiency virus, as well as a variety of novel antiinflammatory compounds. Not all Western diseases… CONTINUE READING