As was noted in the previous volume, plants are still an
indispensable source of medicinal preparations, both preventative and curative.
Despite immense progress in synthetic chemistry and biotechnology, hundreds of
species are recognized as having therapeutic value. Many of those are commonly
used to treat and prevent specific ailments and diseases.
While health providers in industrialized nations have reduced
their dependence on the Plant Kingdom, the majority of developing nations still
rely on herbal remedies. Medicinal plants constitute one of the important
overlooked areas of international development. They represent a form of
biodiversity with the potential to do much good, and not just in the field of
healthcare. Indeed, the production and processing of medicinal plants offers the
possibility of fundamentally upgrading the lives and well-being of peoples in
rural regions. It can also help the environment and the protection of habitats
and biodiversity of the developing