An féidir le plandaí cógais a athsholáthar?

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An féidir le plandaí cógais a athsholáthar?

An féidir le plandaí cógais a athsholáthar?
The risks involved in taking certain medications are prompting more and more people to turn to herbal medicine, or herbal care. Medicinal plants have been used since the dawn of time, but can they now replace the drugs we are used to?

The healing power of plants

Unlike conventional drugs that seek to isolate molecules, plants represent a set of substances that work in synergy, and it is precisely this addition of substances that is at the origin of their many properties. Artichoke (cynara scolymus) is the most classic example with the association of 4 molecules (aigéad citreach, malique, succinic et cynaropicrine) which, taken in isolation, are not very active, but their synergy has a strong pharmacological effect on the liver and biliary function.

We could go so far as to say that plants are made to heal us since certain plant molecules have a natural affinity with the receptors in our cells. For example, morphine from poppy (papaver somniferum) binds to the so-called morphine receptors of the central nervous system. The active ingredients of valerian (valeriana officinalis) and passionflower (passionflower incarnate) combine with brain receptors for benzodiazepines, tranquilizer molecules. In this sense, when used well and adapted to our needs, plants represent real medicines.


JM. Morel, Practical treatise on phytotherapy, Grancher 2008


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