Medicinal Plants News

Chemotherapy tree facing extinction

A yew tree in the Himalayas that produces the chemotherapy drug, Taxol, is in danger of extinction. An update to the IUCN Red List, has moved the tree, named Taxus…

Losing nature’s medicine cabinet

An interview with Dr. Christopher N. Herndon. In all the discussions of saving the world's biodiversity from extinction, one point is often and surprisingly forgotten: the importance of the world's…

How rainforest shamans treat disease

Physician Christopher Herndon explores how Amazon shamans diagnose and treat disease. Ethnobotanists, people who study the relationship between plants and people, have long documented the extensive use of medicinal plants…