6 Traditional Plants That are Sources of Medicine


Asians have been using herbs and fruits for medicinal purposes for centuries. Asian Geographic serves up six common plants that have surprising effects on our health.

Antifungal | Neem oil

Native to temperate Northern Hemisphere, including China

Binding agent for medicine | Pectin

Native to South Asian

Lowers blood pressure | Reserpine

Native to South Asia

Nasal decongestant | Pseudoephedrine

Native to Mongolia, Russia,

Northern China

Stimulating balm, cough suppressant, decongestant | Camphor

Native to Southeast Asian rainforests

Pain relief | Opium

Grown across temperate Asia,

native to Eastern Mediterranean

Check out the rest of this article in Asian Geographic No.127 Issue 5/2017 here or download a digital copy here


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