I have a talk about Medicinal plants for 15 Minutes.. HELP!!?

Question by krzrdiaz: I have a talk about Medicinal plants for 15 Minutes.. HELP!!?
It would really help if i could get some suggestions about what i should talk about concerning medicinal plants

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Answer by Evelyn
Aloe Vera for mild burns. Peppermint for pep. Ginger for nausea. Valerian for calm. Plantain topically for bruises. Caffein for energy.

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  1. Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy.

    The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts[1].

    Unlike many forms of alternative medicine, herbalism is widely considered by the medical community to have a scientific basis and even plays an important role in the formulation of many medications and dietary supplements, such as oripavine and vitamin C supplements.
    Many plants synthesize substances that are useful to the maintenance of health in humans and other animals. These include aromatic substances, most of which are phenols or their oxygen-substituted derivatives such as tannins. Many are secondary metabolites, of which at least 12,000 have been isolated — a number estimated to be less than 10% of the total. In many cases, substances such as alkaloids serve as plant defense mechanisms against predation by microorganisms, insects, and herbivores. Many of the herbs and spices used by humans to season food yield useful medicinal compounds.[2][3]

    Role of herbal medicine in modern human society:

    1 The “classical” herbal medicine system, based on Greek and Roman sources

    2 The Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine systems from various South Asian Countries

    3 Chinese herbal medicine (Chinese herbology) 中药 (zhōngyào)

    4 Traditional African medicine

    5 Unani-Tibb medicine

    6 Shamanic herbalism: a catch-all phrase for information mostly supplied from South America and the Himalayas

    Herbal philosophy

    Four approaches to the use of plants as medicine include:

    1. The magical/shamanic
    Almost all non-modern societies recognise this kind of use. The practitioner is regarded as endowed with gifts or powers that allow him/her to use herbs in a way that is hidden from the average person, and the herbs are said to affect the spirit or soul of the person.

    2. The energetic
    This approach includes the major systems of TCM, Ayurveda, and Unani. Herbs are regarded as having actions in terms of their energies and affecting the energies of the body. The practitioner may have extensive training, and ideally be sensitive to energy, but need not have supernatural powers.

    3. The functional dynamic
    This approach was used by early physiomedical practitioners, whose doctrine forms the basis of contemporary practice in the UK. Herbs have a functional action, which is not necessarily linked to a physical compound, although often to a physiological function, but there is no explicit recourse to concepts involving energy.

    4. The chemical
    Modern practitioners – called Phytotherapists – attempt to explain herb actions in terms of their chemical constituents. It is generally assumed that the specific combination of secondary metabolites in the plant are responsible for the activity claimed or demonstrated, a concept called synergy.

    5 The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the world’s population presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care……….