Botanical Medicine: Fact or Fiction

Botanical Medicine: Fact or Fiction

November 19, 2018

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

December 5, 2018, 12:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Jeffrey Langland, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy

Many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches and interventions are thought to exert therapeutic activities.  For many individuals, especially those living in under-developed nations, botanical medicines are the only therapeutic resources available.  The World Health Organization estimates that as much as 80% of the world population relies on botanicals for their primary health care needs. This widespread use of botanical medicines is not restricted to developing countries, as it has been estimated that 12-31% of patients in European countries utilize botanical medicines, and nearly one out of every five Americans are currently using some form of CAM.  This presentation will illustrate the efficacy and mechanism of action of two botanicals, Sarracenia purpurea and Melissa officinalis, related to herpes, papilloma, and poxvirus infections.