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The history of the use of medicinal herbs

With the appearance of writing data on the healing properties of plants began to write, which significantly expanded their application in practical purposes. Quite herbal treatment is widely used in India, Egypt, China, Greece. A lot of interesting herbal remedies mentioned in the writings of ancient thinkers and healers: Hippocrates, Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen, and others.

In the middle ages, the healing properties of medicinal herbs has become even more important. A talented scholar of Central Asia, Avicenna, in his brilliant book “Canon of medicine”, talks about the characteristics of more than nine hundred medicinal plants, among them many who came later from India and Asian countries, and until then were not used in ancient Mediterranean countries.

The medicinal plants were popular among ancestors of Slavs who lived on the territory of ancient Rus’, the inhabitants of Armenia and Georgia. With the advent of Christianity and the emergence of monasteries, the practice of treatment by using medicinal herbs has increased significantly.

Applying information, herbalists of Ancient Greece, monks used not only dried imported herbs and local vegetable raw materials. Continue reading

Assessment of prospects for cultivation of medicinal plants.

Despite the fact that agricultural cultivation of medicinal herbs has more than a half century history, among supporters gathering wild herbs and agricultural supporters of this method of cultivation does not subside a heated discussion about which one is better. This dispute led to the need for special tests of different types of medicinal raw materials, resulting in the conclusion was made about the absence of any differences in their quality, i.e. the content in the chemical composition of the respective active substances. (F. Old, V. Jirasek, 1991).

The demand for medicinal raw materials today are not satisfied neither in Ukraine nor in the CIS countries or in the countries of Western Europe. In our opinion, this is the niche into which we can fit, and which can help agriculture Ukraine to survive during the crisis.

Biological features of many medicinal plants are xerophytes and for their cultivation are quite suitable arid conditions of South of Ukraine. Plants that can be grown in drought conditions in the Kherson region include grindelia splayed, zmeegolovnika Moldovan, common hyssop, yarrow, sage, wormwood Taurian, immortelle sandy and italianskiy etc.

In the Kherson region medicinal plants engaged in the experimental farm of the State Nikitsky Botanical garden “Nova Kakhovka”, which gets the profit from the sale of raw materials of medicinal plants. On the example of LLC “Tsyurupinskoe” Tsyurupinskoe area we will show the efficiency

The farm is located in the Kherson region characterized by a dry and hot climate. Continue reading