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Mexico, the second country with the highest number of medicinal plants
August 13, 2020
The president of the National Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences indicated that Mexico is the second country with the highest number of registered medicinal plants. Juana Leticia Rodríguez and Betancourt assured that they have great potential for the area of therapy and obtaining various natural products.
He added that universities are in charge of carrying out these studies and that they require more support. At the same time improving policies that support this type of research on beneficial plants to health. And fundamentally promoting the conservation of these species, especially endemic ones.
Rodríguez and Betancourt explained in the seventeenth Symposium on Medicinal Plants "If we take advantage of all these possibilities we would have many natural products, which would allow the population to have access to them economically."
On the other hand, the director of the Faculty of Chemistry, Jorge Velazquez Ramos, pointed out the importance of active natural principles. They have long been used to cure human ailments. Therefore, currently, institutions such as the UNAM carry out studies that can be key to people's health.
He also added that historically many plants have pharmacological uses that have yet to be studied. New generations of chemists should address this fact and extract the active ingredients to offer the benefits to society.
Some active compounds of medicinal plants
The expert Rachel Mata He has dedicated himself to studying the properties of plants such as salvia circinata, foxtail and prodigious. In his observations he tries to find out which are the molecules that lower blood sugar levels for those who take them as an infusion.
Several of these species have numerous investigations throughout history and are recorded as useful for diabetes. Although, it is unknown which are the beneficial compounds and they are kept under constant analysis by CF.
An advance from the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos indicates the first in vitro culture of fern calli endemic to Mexico. Alexandre Cardoso Taketa reported this fact which has been documented as a neuroactive benefit. However, the presence of humans in their natural habitat increasingly reduces the chances of obtaining them.
He also said that these species of plants grow very slowly and therefore people do not appreciate them as they should. They consider them only as ornaments and often do not give them the care they need. While in the laboratories an adequate space is developed to favor the conservation of this type of organisms. And once they have reached the appropriate time, their active principles are studied in detail to be used as a medicinal source.
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