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ISSN: 2637-4706

Drug Designing & Intellectual Properties International Journal

Research Article(ISSN: 2637-4706)

Plant Extracts as An Alternative to Synthetic Medicines

Volume 3 - Issue 3

Jagessar RC*

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    • Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Guyana

    *Corresponding author: Jagessar RC, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Guyana

Received: January 09, 2020;   Published: January 27, 2020

DOI: 10.32474/DDIPIJ.2020.03.000163

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Mankind first medicines were extracts from plants. However, over the years, mankind has resorted to the use of synthetic medicines. Whilst, synthetic medicines have fulfilled their roles and save millions of people around the globe, there is still a need to promote the use of herbal medicines, considering that synthetic medicines have severe side effects when administered and the cost of synthesising drugs, is an expensive endeavors for developing countries like Guyana. Guyana has an adundant of diverse flora, whose extracts have been shown by us and others to have potent and selective antimicrobial activities and antidiabetic activities. However, there is a need to promote the isolation of antimicrobial, antidiabetic and anti-cancer drugs from plants, an elucidation of their structure and modulation of their medicinal activities. This entails significant finance to aid in the purchase of requisite equipment etc. in Novel Drug Discovery. The Guyanese Diaspora and the Entrepreneurship Sector can promote such research in Guyana via the provision of finance to purchase “State of the Art” equipment to conduct such research or the establishment of a National Herbal Research Institute. Such an institute will promote further research on our current herbal medicines and also on the discovery of new Herbal medications.

Keywords: Medicines antimicrobial activities Antidiabetic activities Anti-cancer activities Diaspora Entrepreneurship

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