J Ethnopharmacol. 1980 Mar; 2(1): 37-51.
Traditional medicine in Latin America, with particular reference to Mexico.
The present research on Mexican traditional medicine points to the resources made available by the Mexican Institutions for the study of the plants used in popular medicine which, in rural areas, follows the Aztec and Maya traditions. The most interesting feature of traditional medicine is its partial integration with many elements of modern medicine. The study of medicinal plants has been undertaken mostly by a research institute, IMEPLAM, which, under the auspices of CEESTEM, has information on computer on over 500 plants. The screening of these plants in progress with the aim of evaluating their therapeutic properties, both at the pharmacological and chemical level.