The Medicinal Collection

The south-west corner of the Botanic Garden is home to a modern medicinal plant collection. Here you will find eight beds, each growing plants with a connection to a medicine used to treat the following types of disease or illness:

  • Cardiology (heart complaints)
  • Oncology (cancer and cell-proliferation)
  • Infectious Diseases (viruses and parasites)
  • Gastreoenterology (alimentary tract and metabolism)
  • Dermatology (skin complaints)
  • Haematology (blood typing and disorders)
  • Neurology (nervous system and anaesthesia)
  • Pulmonology (lungs and airways)

The plants growing in these beds contain many different natural products, and fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Directly suitable for use as a drug
  • Synthetically modifiable to provide a clinically suitable drug
  • Starting point for a drug-discovery programme

If you would like to read more about these plants, you might like to purchase the book written to accompany this plant collection.

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