As part of the UCL India Voices season, we welcome you to a lunch-time lecture with Dr Annamma Spudich (Visiting Professor, National Center for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India); Prof Michael Heinrich (Professor of Medicinal Plant Research, UCL School of Pharmacy); and Prof Frances Brodsky (Director, UCL Division of Biosciences).
Since Vedic times healing plants and specifics of their curative properties were well known to physicians and healers from all levels of Indian society. A large body of European books from the 16-19th centuries documents folk and classical medical traditions of India, collected from indigenous sources “not so much for financial savings as in the use of more serviceable drugs” for use in India and other tropical colonies. These documents are important resources of many vanished folk medical traditions of India. And while the complex molecular pathways and chemistry of their properties were unknown at the time, many of the underlying concepts are being confirmed with modern scientific methods and these works are now valuable resources to be revisited with contemporary scientific methods.