A Medicine Plant Crossword

A medicine plant crossword clue. A two speed crossword puzzle question in The Courier-Mail newspaper on Monday, 3 July 2017. 4 letters. Also appear on Daily Telegraph.

Answer: VIAL

Medicinal plants, medicinal herbs, or simply herbs have been identified and used from prehistoric times. Plants make many chemical compounds for biological functions, including defence against insects, fungi and herbivorous mammals. Over 12,000 active compounds are known to science. These chemicals work on the human body in exactly the same way as pharmaceutical drugs, so herbal medicines can be beneficial and have harmful side effects just like conventional drugs. However, since a single plant may contain many substances, the effects of taking a plant as medicine can be complex.

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