Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Historical perspectives of Ethnobotany

Clinics in Dermatology Available online 2 April 2018 In Press, Accepted Manuscript — Note to users Cover image 6461|| Inayat Ur Rahmana, , Aftab Afzala, , , Zafar Iqbala, Farhana Ijaza, Niaz Alia, Muzammil Shahb, Sana Ullahc, Rainer W. Bussmannd, e a Department of Botany, Hazara University, Mansehra-21300, Pakistan b Department of Biological Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589, Saudi Arabia c Department of Botany, University of Malakand, Pakistan d Saving Knowledge, Casilla 13092 correo central, La Paz, Bolivia e Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Calle Ovidio Suarez 26, Cota Cota, La Paz, Bolivia Available online 2 April 2018 Show less Get rights and content Abstract From time immemorial, man has been depending on Mother Nature for all his basic needs. The plant diversity existed around him always attracted his curiosity. Man's preliminary interest in plants started from his need for food, shelter and protection. Then he sought among them the remedies for injuries and diseases. In fact, medicine and botany always had strong and close connections as most of the modern medicines come from plant sources. Literature survey clearly reveals that the plant resources were cited around the globe for curing almost all the disease categories i.e. skin disorders, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, urinary disorders, cardiac disorders, ophthalmic disorders, ear nose throat (ENT) disorders, excretory disorders, nervous disorders, immunity disorders, and so on. The orally exchanged customary information/knowledge is in hands of the elders, and most of it can vanish conveniently after their death because of which such imperative information leads towards depletion. The ethnic society resources like the folk asset in association with a nature of investigated and surveyed areas can be greatly conserved through documentation. The natural chemical compounds may be screened and isolated. Further, plants with therapeutic uses must be tested in studies by using those isolated natural compounds in the labs to screen and evaluate the plants' metabolites, that they are so applicable to the therapeutic use. Choose an option to locate/access this article: Check if you have access through your login credentials or your institution Check Access Purchase $35.95 Corresponding authors. fax: +92 997 530046. © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved