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24 October 2022
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It is a well-established fact that traditional medicine has been at the basis of modern medicine and has contributed to the development of several important drugs currently used in medicine. Among them are the anti-cancer drugs Vincristine, Vinblastine and recently Taxol as well as the anti-malarial drug Artemisinine.Medicinal plants have not only contributed to significant lead molecules to the pharmaceutical industry but are being tested against priority diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and sickle cell anaemia amongst others. It is also judicious to note the increasing popularity of botanical medicines among consumers in the west. Current market estimates show that the figures are approaching billions of dollars in sales of these products.