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Medicinal Plants of the Amazon

Medicinal Plants of the Amazon uses one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet as a classroom setting to expose students to the incredible biodiversity of the flora of primary and secondary tropical rainforest. Students will learn about local medicinal plants and local Peruvian uses of plant properties to treat a wide range of ailments. Local healers will demonstrate preparation and use of specific plants. Toxic components of tropical plants will be examined and drugs that have been derived from rainforest biochemistry will be discussed. Sustainability issues will be introduced and examined from pharmaceutical, "food pharmacy" and global health perspectives.