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/eth·no·bot·a·ny/ (-bot´ah-ne) the systematic study of the interactions between a culture and the plants in its environment, particularly the knowledge about and use of such plants.


Herbal medicine
The field of alternative healthcare that formally studies the relationship between plants and a population, in particular the medicinal use of plants by an ethnic group. The ethonobotanical approach to drug discovery is more efficient than random searches for plant-derived agents of therapeutic interest; drugs so discovered include aspirin (Filipendula ulmaria), codeine (Papaver somniferum), ipecac (Psychotria ipecacuanha), pilocarpine (Pilocarpus jaborandi), reserpin (Rauvolfia serpentina), theophylline (Camelia sinensis) and vinblastine (Cantharanthus roseus).


(ethnō-botă-nē )
A study of the role of plants in the life of early humankind.

ethnobotany (ethˈ·nō·bˑ·t·nē),

n study of how societies perceive and categorize plants and use them for food, medicine, and ritual.
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He learned a great deal from his mother, whom he describes as an ethnobotanist who was able to identify and collect plants to use as food and medicine for her children and the family's animals.
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Davis is at his most absorbing when he draws on his training as an ethnobotanist and anthropologist, revealing and interpreting for us the intricacies of the many cultures he knows intimately from his travels.
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Grow Your Own Drugs BBC2, 8pm Now into his second series of the show, ethnobotanist James Wong continues his mission to enlighten us about the magic of the natural world, and how familiar plants can be turned into simple natural remedies that can help us to ease the symptoms of minor aliments including coughs, colds, eczema and insomnia.
This is actually a series tracking ethnobotanist and gardener James Wong, who looks at the remedies that can be found in flowers and plants.
Ethnobotanist James Wong demonstrates how to transform familiar plants into natural remedies for minor ailments.
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