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Natural Products in the Parlor of Pharmaceuticals

  • Sunil Kumar Talapatra
  • Bani Talapatra
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Abstract

Whenever there is life there are diseases, decay, and death. Death is the most inevitable biological event of a living system. Since life is the most precious gift of Nature, people want to preserve it as along as possible. In an endeavor to arrest the approach of death, our ancestors had not only to withstand the fury of Nature but also had to fight against diseases and decay. People were thus in search of remedial measures since the dawn of human intellect. The relationship of man and Nature was symbiotic and the immediate source of such remedial measures had been the forests, the home of our ancestors. They used to roam in and around the forests, and through thousands of years of interactions with Nature by trial and error methods, and under the pressure of experience and need they could discover a large number of plants with varying healing properties. These plants are referred to as the medicinal plants, and the people having the knowledge of their curative applications were known as medicine men. Thus a wealth of information on the curative properties of plants resulted.

Keywords

Antimalarial Activity Herbal Drug Sodium Salicylate Indole Alkaloid Pain Reliever 
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  • Sunil Kumar Talapatra
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  • Bani Talapatra
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. ChemistryUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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