Types of plants. Medicinal plants

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. Vocabulary.

1. Read and learn the topical vocabulary.

plant ;

bark ;

leave (pi. leaves) ;

root ;

seed ;

to collect ;

pollination ;

unripe ;

extract ;

tincture ;

to store ;

to dry ;

personal care 㳺.

2. Match the following English word combinations and their Ukrainian translations.

a) b) c) d) e)

1. modern medicine

2. effective measures

3. active ingredient

4. well-being

5. medicinal plant


Read, translate and discuss the following text. Write out key sentences and write a short summary of the text.


A medicinal plant is any plant which, in one or more of its parts, contains substance that can be used for therapeutic or which is a precursor for synthesis of useful drugs.

Historically, plants have played an important role in medicine. For early people, they came easily to hand, and were intricately connected to diet and healing. Through observation and experimentation, they learned which plants promoted health and well-being.

Without plants, most medicines you take would not exist. Over 40 % of medicines now prescribed in the U.S. contain chemicals derived from plants. Historically, plant medicines were discovered by trial and error. Our ancestors noticed that aches and pains went away when they drank tea made from the bark of a willow tree.

Later, scientists found that willow bark contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. Over time, the practice of herbal medicine has grown more complex. Science has enabled us to process natural substances into pills, tinctures and powders. Throughout the world, botanists and chemists search the plant kingdom for new medicines.


Today many drug plants are cultivated and many drug plants are collected from fields and woods. Drugs are made from fruits, leaves, flowers, roots, seeds of the plants.

It is very important to collect plants in proper time. Leaves are collected when they are fully developed. The time of the day is also important in the collection of medicinal plants. Flowers are collected before the time of pollination. Fruits are collected when they are fully grown but unripe. To dry plants correctly is also very important. If it is made carelessly the drug may be spoiled.

The plant parts most preferred in medicinal plants are roots. Of the medicinal plants found in the shops, 61 % were in the fonn of roots, 22 % in the form of whole plant, 15 % in the form of barks, 1 % in the form of fruits and the other 1 % in the form of leaves.

Medicinal plant materials should be stored in separate areas. The storage area should be well ventilated and equipped in such a way as to protect against the entry of insects or other animals, especially rodents. Effective measures should be taken to limit the spread of animals and microorganisms introduced with the plant material and to prevent cross-contamination. Containers should be located in such a way as to allow free air circulation.

Special attention should be paid to the cleanliness and good maintenance of the storage areas, particularly when dust is generated. The storage of plants, extracts, tinctures and other preparations may require special conditions of humidity and temperature or protection from light; steps should be taken to ensure that these conditions are provided and monitored.

The medicinal uses of plants grade into their uses for other purposes, as for food, cleaning, personal care and perfumery. Plants are used in medicine to maintain and augment health physically, mentally and spiritually as well as to treat specific conditions and ailments. They serve as therapeutic agents as well as important raw materials for the manufacture of traditional and modern medicine. Medicinal plants constitute an important natural wealth of a country.


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