Some medicines that come from the rain forest include theophylline, vincristine and Mevacor. Plants in the rain forest contain compounds that are used to treat dozens of diseases and disorders, including malaria, bronchitis, rheumatism and diabetes.Know More
Many drugs used to treat cancer are derived from rain forest flora, such as vincristine. Vincristine comes from the rosy periwinkle plant and is used to treat childhood leukemia. Another periwinkle plant was also used to make cancer-fighting medication, but deforestation in Madagascar has wiped it out. Before its extinction, it was used in medicines that gave children cancer patients a much higher chance of survival. In fact, 66 percent of all cancer medicines come from the rain forest.
There are many rain forest plants, such as the Theobroomo cacaoin, used to treat conditions such as asthma. The asthma drug theophylline is derived from this plant. The trumpetflower plant contains two chemical compounds that help to open airways. The jimsonweed plant also works, although it must be burned so that the fumes can be inhaled. Cocoa contains theobromine, a stimulant used to treat asthma.
Both Mevacor and Cyclosporine are derived from the rain forest, but neither comes from a plant. These two medicines, the latter of which is an anti-rejection drug, come from fungi.Learn More
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is an essential fatty acid that is found inside the meat of cold-water fish. Mackerel, tuna, halibut, salmon and herring are all excellent sources of DHA, as are whale and seal blubber. Meat and eggs have low levels of this fatty acid, and new mothers also produce DHA in breast milk while lactating. DHA is commercially packaged into widely available fish oil supplements.Full Answer >
Choosing to stop taking Prozac, generically known as fluoxetine, is best done with the supervision of a doctor or therapist, according to Harvard Medical School. A medical professional helps a person decide whether this is a good decision, while taking medical history into account.Full Answer >
Penicillin comes from molds of the genus Penicillium. The scientist Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin accidentally, but he was never able to obtain a pure sample of the organism; however, he did find that penicillin was potent against bacterial growth.Full Answer >
Morphine is a naturally occurring compound alkaloid from the opium family, developed and first tested early in the 19th century by a German pharmacist's assistant, according to Dr. Ananya Mandal for News-Medical. Opium is harvested as a sticky residue after the sides of the poppy plant are scored, notes Wikipedia.Full Answer >