Anatolia's Plants Will Be Used To Develop Local Medicine

Turkey is home to countless endemic plants which are used over the centuries to treat different diseases. Now the country is on its way to use the vast potential of the Anatolian heartland mother nature.

The country is working hard on developing a locally made “national medicine,” as part of its “domestic and national” initiative. The medicine is being developed jointly by the Ministry of Health and local universities.

The Association of Mediterranean Medical and Aromatic Plants Association chair Professor Nazım Şekeroğlu, said academics studying medicinal and aromatic plants increased their efforts, because President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently called for the development of a “national medicine.”

Mr. Şekeroğlu also added that with the support of the Ministry of Health, they will be able to manufacture Turkey’s locally made medicine using natural resources. He also said that Anatolia is rich in terms of endemic plant diversity and knowledge in the field.

He said: “Experts are working on the classification of plants that can be used in the development of entirely plant-based drugs. With the right steps, Turkey can have a large market share in plant-based drugs. Turkey has been an international example in traditional and alternative medicine, but stayed behind other countries when it comes to medicinal plants.”

Turkey has more than 12,000 species of medicinal plants and most are endemic. The country also has a rich resource of ethnobotanical knowledge or folk medicine compiled from the experience of different cultures lived in Anatolia.

Last Updated: 20.5.2019 11:06:49

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