Name: Hugh VanderVeer
My name is Hugh VanderVeer and I am a seventh grader at
Dorseyville Middle School. I recently finished a paper
on herbs that are used in medicines. I concentrated
mainly on how they work with the bodies natural defenses.
I still need to know what is in these herbs that make them
work in the body. Is it a chemical or a certain cell that
plant produces that has healing ability in humans?
Plant cells produce many chemicals as do animal cells. Some of these
chemicals may produce pharmacolgic effects in people and if so, are
called drugs. These drugs generally interfere with the natural
defenses of humans and that is why we seek them out.
For example pain and swelling are part of the natural defense so,
we look to morphine (originally from poppies) and aspirin (originally
from European willow bark and some other plants) to quench these effects
of injury. I can't think of a drug that augments the natural defenses.
Anybody out there that has an example?
Michael B Lomonaco
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