6 Traditional Plants That are Sources of Medicine

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Asians have been using herbs and fruits for medicinal purposes for centuries. Asian Geographic serves up six common plants that have surprising effects on our health.

Antifungal | Neem oil

Native to temperate Northern Hemisphere, including China

Binding agent for medicine | Pectin

Native to South Asian

Lowers blood pressure | Reserpine

Native to South Asia

Nasal decongestant | Pseudoephedrine

Native to Mongolia, Russia,

Northern China

Stimulating balm, cough suppressant, decongestant | Camphor

Native to Southeast Asian rainforests

Pain relief | Opium

Grown across temperate Asia,

native to Eastern Mediterranean

Check out the rest of this article in Asian Geographic No.127 Issue 5/2017 here or download a digital copy here

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