There are many drugs used in contemporary times that are derived from rainforest plants.
Novacaine’s origin is the coca plant in South America and is used as a local anesthetic. Cortisone comes from wild yams of Central America. Quinine comes from the cinchona tree in South America and is used to treat maleria. Neostigmine comes from the Calabar bean that is used to treat glaucoma.
Scientists are increasingly learning that the world’s oceans also elements with similar and potentially lifesaving medicinal properties.
For example, Quinton Hypertonic is a raw marine solution (pure seawater) that was created by René Quinton in 1887. It is sourced exclusively from the depths of protected, plankton-rich ocean blooms off the coast of France and cold-sterilized to retain its healing properties.
Chemist Sam Afoullouss eloquently explains the science behind natural remedies and why the ocean’s great and largely unexplored biodiversity is ideal for deriving and inspiring future treatments in a TEDxGalway Talk in November 2021.
Listen and learn what he says and predicts in a fascinating presentation:
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