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Many pharmaceutical drugs used in western medicine are made from plants or the properties of plants have inspired their development (Sheldon et al., 1997)[1]

alfalfaToday there are at least 120 distinct chemical substances derived from plants that are considered as important drugs currently in use in one or more countries in the world. These chemical substances are shown in the table at:

Several of the drugs sold today are simple synthetic modifications or copies of the naturally obtained substances.

Some of the drug/chemicals shown in this list are still sold as plant based drugs requiring the processing of the actual plant material. Others have been chemically copied or synthesized by laboratories and no plant materials are used in the manufacture of the drug. A good example of this is the plant chemical quinine, which was discovered in a rainforest tree (Cinchona ledgeriana) over 100 years ago. For many years the quinine chemical was extracted from the bark of this tree and processed into tincture[2] and pills to treat malaria. Then a scientist was able to synthesize or copy this plant alkaloid into a chemical drug without using the original tree bark for manufacturing the drug. Today, all quinine drugs sold are manufactured chemically without the use of any tree bark. However, another chemical in the tree called quinidine which was found to be useful for various heart conditions couldn't be completely copied in the laboratory and the tree bark is still harvested and used to extract this plant chemical from it. Quinidine extracted from the bark is still used today to produce quinidine-based drugs. In the U.S. there are four patented brand-name heart drugs sold in pharmacies containing bark-extracted quinidine: Cardioquin™, Quinaglute Dura-tabs™, Quinidex Extentabs™ and Quin-Release™.
This article demonstrates that plants have value as medicine and in a time when medicine is so expensive we can take advantage of inexpensive effective natural medicine by using tinctures that we can make from plants.

This is an excerpt from an article published by Leslie Taylor, ND. Supporting references are included by Patrick Edgmon.
1. Plant Conservation: An Ecosystem Approach By Alan Hamilton  2006 Earthscan
2. King's American Dispensatory, Tinctura Cinchonae (U. S. P.)—Tincture of Cinchona. 1898

The CW Tincture Calculator   What is a tincture?
Alcohol has a specific nature, which according to traditional sources can be modified by the temperature a preparation is served. Using this knowledge along with time of day and other existing patterns the very essence of herbal formulas can be harnessed to greatly benefit patients while taking the load off the digestion that decoctions often put on it. The speed of delivery to the blood stream, and thus to the entire body, is unequaled by any other delivery method. Furthermore, practitioners who have a tincture pharmacy find that patient compliance is high and this translates to better results. CWTCsplash.gif

The simple platform design of the CW Tincture Calculator with over 300 herbs allows one to input weight of the herb to be produced as a tincture and the appropriate menstruum is instantly given to the user. When the tincture is pressed, simply input the amount yielded and information such as the percentage of alcohol, and other solvents in the final product quickly appears. Using the CW Tincture Calculator will help you to produce the best possible tincture according to current industry standards. The Pro version also estimates the size menstruum container needed and allows you to save information on each batch. Available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Download the demo and try it for yourself. For more information you can visit calculator
The cost of 1 ounce (30mL) of Echinacea tincture is $11.99 - $7.50 in Oregon. I can make 1 ounce (30mL) of Echinacea tincture for $1.30 or less using the CW Tincture Calculator! So can you!

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