120. Medicinal Plants Overview

For thousands of years, herbal practitioners have prescribed plant-based treatments for illness and pain. Records on clay tablets and papyrus going back 2,500 years list hundreds of medicinal plants.


Even in the early 1900s, medical doctors in the United States were trained in plant-based, herbal, medicine.


Today, most Americans depend on modern pharmaceuticals, and a large number of these are derived from plants. Many are based on naturally-occurring plant compounds that help protect plants from insects, infections, and competing plants.


As you explore the Medicinal Plants room, see if you can find plants used in the treatment of cancer, common colds, and even sunburn.