Medicinal Plants: Traditional Medicine is "Modern Medicine"

DFM Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research fellow David Kiefer, MD will be presenting "Medicinal Plants: Traditional Medicine is Modern Medicine" on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:00 pm at 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive.  The presentation is part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program.  The use of herbal medicine in the United States continues to increase, spurred by many factors, including a general interest in more "natural" therapeutics. It is a fascinating time: modern scientific methods are meeting both ancestral treatment modalities ("My grandmother used to always make a tea to treat...") and botanical medicines still used by cultures around the world. However, another factor is that key traditional knowledge and biodiversity are being lost, compromising researchers' abilities to investigate and validate/corroborate plant treatments. In this presentation, Dr. Kiefer will review several aspects of this topic, touching on exciting ethnobotanical aspects of medicinal plants and weaving nuances of traditional plant use into clinical medicine.