The science of ethnobotany is reviewed in light of its multi-disciplinary contributions to natural product research for the development of pharmaceuticals and pharmacological tools. Some of the issues reviewed involve ethical and cultural perspectives of healthcare and medicinal plants. While these are not usually part of the discussion of pharmacology, cultural concerns potentially provide both challenges and insight for field and laboratory researchers. Plant evolutionary issues are also considered as they relate to development of plant chemistry and accessing this through ethnobotanical methods. The discussion includes presentation of a range of CNS-active medicinal plants that have been recently examined in the field, laboratory and/or clinic. Each of these plants is used to illustrate one or more aspects about the valuable roles of ethnobotany in pharmacological research. We conclude with consideration of mutually beneficial future collaborations between field ethnobotanists and pharmacologists. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Mcclatchey, W.C., Mahady, G.B., Bennett, B.C., Shiels, L., Savo, V. (2009). Ethnobotany as a pharmacological research tool and recent developments in CNS-active natural products from ethnobotanical sources. PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS, 123(2), 239-254 [10.1016/j.pharmthera.2009.04.002].

Ethnobotany as a pharmacological research tool and recent developments in CNS-active natural products from ethnobotanical sources

Savo, Valentina
2009-01-01

Abstract

The science of ethnobotany is reviewed in light of its multi-disciplinary contributions to natural product research for the development of pharmaceuticals and pharmacological tools. Some of the issues reviewed involve ethical and cultural perspectives of healthcare and medicinal plants. While these are not usually part of the discussion of pharmacology, cultural concerns potentially provide both challenges and insight for field and laboratory researchers. Plant evolutionary issues are also considered as they relate to development of plant chemistry and accessing this through ethnobotanical methods. The discussion includes presentation of a range of CNS-active medicinal plants that have been recently examined in the field, laboratory and/or clinic. Each of these plants is used to illustrate one or more aspects about the valuable roles of ethnobotany in pharmacological research. We conclude with consideration of mutually beneficial future collaborations between field ethnobotanists and pharmacologists. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
2009
Mcclatchey, W.C., Mahady, G.B., Bennett, B.C., Shiels, L., Savo, V. (2009). Ethnobotany as a pharmacological research tool and recent developments in CNS-active natural products from ethnobotanical sources. PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS, 123(2), 239-254 [10.1016/j.pharmthera.2009.04.002].
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