Hibberta Scandens is one of the many Australian native plants that were used for an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic bush medicine. This bush-like plant is grown like a climbing plant, growing up to 5 metres long, featuring large green leaves and large, yellow coloured flowers in the warmer seasons.
The Aboriginal peoples of the Warlpiri tribe would call the Snake Vine 'Ngalyipi'. The Aboriginal peoples of central and northern Australia took the leaves and stem off the plant to warm and mash to make a paste and place on the areas where possible arthritis pain in joints and where injuries occurred. It was also eaten to treat headaches. The sap from the Snake Vine was used as an antiseptic on any part of the body also.
Terminalia ferdinandiana, also known as the Billy Goat Plum, is the world's highest source of vitamin C and is an essential nutrient. Vitamin C is very useful for our body as it is what helps repair tissue damage, and helps with the production building of collagen, which helps our body with improving and healing wounds and anti-ageing. However, the Kakadu Plum may have very rich Vitamin C, but it also contains high levels of iron and Vitamin E and is now known as a 'super fruit'.
Across the Arnhem Land, the Australian Aboriginal Peoples would use Kakadu Plum as bushtucker, an antiseptic treatment and as a healing medicine. The Indigenous would find this fruit on the tree and collect a whole pile of the fruit. They would then smash it up to make a paste-like texture and place it on aching limbs of their body.
In 2015 in Australia, out of the total of 159,052 deaths, there were 10,869 stroke fatalities resulting in 6.8%. At the moment there is not many medications and cures for this cause.
Research in using plants for medicinal purposes could lead to future cures and medications for diseases and other medical conditions such as strokes.
If we are already using Cannabis as a medical use, then there must be other plants that are able to help people with conditions.
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Medicinal cannabis is a drug that has been recently used to relieve symptoms of specific medical conditions, but mainly for the effects of epilepsy. For the people that suffer from more chronic and terminal illnesses where normal medications do not help and relieve symptoms as effectively as the medicinal cannabis. Although, it can also be used as a second medication alongside conventional medications, for relief of side effects of the other drug they're using.
Medicinal Cannabis is recommended not to smoke because it would then be harmful and dangerous as the carcinogenic chemicals directly enters the lungs, but Sativex which come in both nasal and oral sprays has been legalized and approved in over 24 countries as a pharmaceutical drug.
I personally do think that plant bio harvesting is a good way to provide and produce new medications because plants are easy to take and use, and they also grow back in a reasonable amount of time. However, making sure that there is still enough after taking a minority at a time so the species do not go extinct in the process.
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10 Bush Medicines That Have Been Curing People For Generations
- Published on the 8th of June, 2017 by Natalie Cromb