Integrative medicine in general and natural medicine, in particular, are the therapeutic resources that humanity has had since its inception for health care, but at this time
Integrative medicine in general and natural medicine, in particular, are the therapeutic resources that humanity has had since its inception for health care, but at this time it is in an active process of revalidation and application with a view to shaping medicine from the future. The main therapeutic resource of this new approach is Phytomedicine, that is, the use of medicinal plants for the prevention and cure of diseases, both in humans and animals. The great biological diversity of the region, its important interaction with ancestral cultural groups, and recent research validating its use through scientific evidence are factors that anticipate a positive interaction for the benefit of patients, who would be treated with a comprehensive vision of their health and sickness. This course will provide the student with the fundamental principles for the recognition and use of medicinal and food plants and their derived products in health care, from the theoretical bases of botany, agrotechnology, phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, and pharmacology, to plant therapies. focused on the various anatomical and physiological systems. The use of medicinal plants and derived products has shown that it is a widely accepted therapy, which presents an important level of trust among the population, is characterized by greater general availability of therapeutic resources, generates a certain degree of personal sovereignty and national in drug management and could contribute to a more just and universal medicine for the benefit of all sectors of the population.