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ethnobotany

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).

eth·no·bot·a·ny

(ethnō-botă-nē )
A study of the role of plants in the life of early humankind.
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Interestingly though, I remember ethnobotanist James Wong (who is now endorsing the cucamelon) advising how to grow "pomatoes" a few years ago and although the name is different, the theory is the same.
One of the best known is that of Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist who wrote The Serpent and the Rainbow in 1985.
A Harvard-trained ethnobotanist, Davis began his career as a plant explorer before his investigations into folk preparations linked to the creation of zombies in Haiti resulted in his bestselling The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis and Magic and a film spinoff.
Annick Swenson, a brilliant but prickly ethnobotanist whose research in the remote Amazon rain forest could revolutionize fertility and childbirth.
Drawing on the research of ethnobotanist Selena Ahmed, Michael Freeman's text and photographs record every aspect of what survives of this exchange, from the grading of the leaves to a team of heavily laden yaks fording a river, the way yaks have been doing for a millennium.
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.
James Wong and the Malaysian Garden (BBC Two, 8pm) IN THIS one-off programme, ethnobotanist and garden designer James Wong travels to Malaysia in search of inspiration for his Chelsea Flower Show entry.
Technology is "the great achievement of the West" (a great achievement might be more accurate), while Australian Aborigines instead untangle "the complex threads of memory inherent in a myth." In the Amazon, the norms and ceremony of harvesting and hunting create "what is essentially a land management plan inspired by myth." 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.
Saif Al Hatmi, ethnobotanist at the project, said, "It is not easy to look after a tree that is a 100 years old!
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.