Therapeutic applications of natural products in herbal medicines, biodiscovery programs, and biomedicine

Wangchuk, Phurpa (2018) Therapeutic applications of natural products in herbal medicines, biodiscovery programs, and biomedicine. Journal of Biologically Active Products from Nature, 8 (1). pp. 1-20.

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Natural products had been one of the important sources of remedial agents for thousands of years. From the data presented in this review, the utilization of biologically active natural products in traditional medicines and drug discoveries is still alive and well. This review presents the medicinal applications of natural products in both the traditional and modern medicines and shed lights on historical connections of this two medical system as well as identifies the potential sources of natural products that have been scantily explored till date. More than 85-90 % of the world populations rely on traditional medicines that use natural products, for their primary health services. Almost 73 % of the current pharmaceutical products/drugs are derived from natural products including medicinal agents from traditional medicines. These drugs are discovered from different sources including plants, animals and microbes. While plants had been the reliable sources of anticancer and antiparasitic drugs, microbial sources especially the Streptpmyces (actinomycetes) had been known for their antibiotic and anti-infective properties. More than 80-90 % of the world’s biodiversity including plants, marine world, animals, microbes and extremophiles remain under-explored for medicinal applications and merits our attention in near future.

Item ID: 52943
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2231-1874
Keywords: therapeutic applications; natural products; herbal medicine; biodiscovery; biomedicine
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 05:29
FoR Codes: 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3404 Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry > 340401 Biologically active molecules @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3214 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences > 321499 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 35%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences @ 35%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 30%
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