Plants have provided the earliest form of medicine to humans and animals for millennia. Plant medicines have successfully been used to heal many diseases and health conditions in every society and tradition of human civilization.
The earliest forms of writing provide clear evidence that early societies successfully utilized plant medicines for disease. Early records include cave drawings from around the world, Egyptian, Indian and South American hieroglyphs, Aborigine paintings and carvings, and early Scripture scrolls.
These early records of plant medicine application became more sophisticated as plant types and clinical results were handed down over generations and recorded into materia medica texts from China, India, Thailand and Europe. Meanwhile South American, North American and Pacific natives also developed their own forms of clinical evidence for plant-based healing, passed down from one generation to the next by healers in each community for thousands of years.
These many records of plant medicine application from around the world have become the subject of scientific research over the past century. Overwhelmingly, modern science has substantiated the therapeutic nature of plant medicines used by traditional societies.
This is also evidenced by the reality that more than 60 percent of pharmaceuticals are analogues or otherwise based upon compounds from plant medicines.
The Journal of Plant Medicines is a science-based online journal that reports on original research and references only peer-reviewed medical journals. The articles published here reference peer-reviewed scientific research with established medical review boards that examine studies and research.
The first official issue of the Journal was in January of 2014. As a result, the reader will find a large catalog of published research. The article topics may be free-association searched and keyword-searched using our catalog of plants, foods, conditions, or compounds.
The Journal is inviting research papers or referenced review articles. If you would like to submit an original article for publication, please go to this page.
The Journal of Plant Medicines website offers the reader an educational resource for information on herbal medicines and food-based therapies. We attempt to utilize terminology and writing styles that can be read by a layperson.
The Journal of Plant Medicines does not sell supplements or health devices. The Journal also does not bombard readers with irritating popups or automatic streaming videos.
Consistent with the Journal’s mission of providing objective research information, this site does not display third-party advertisements. However, we do display responsible publications on natural health with educational materials. This is the only source of revenue derived from this publication.
To support this free information resource, please consider purchasing some of our literature or video courses displayed or linked on this site. If you are an author and would like to list your books on this site please contact us.
Consider a free subscription to article updates from Plant Medicines. Your email will never be spammed, shared or sold by us.
Note this is a free service and we do not charge for the service or sell outside advertising. The information provided on the Plant Medicines site is not medical advice. Please see your physician for that.
Please feel free to connect with us or feed back how you feel about the site or any of our articles.
Thanks for reading.
Journal of Plant Medicines
P.O. Box 6436
Los Osos, CA 93412
Corporate email: [email protected]