Traditional Medicine

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Bar chart depicting numbers of local plants used to treat different types of digestive ailments. Bar chart generated by UNCP Biology student Nick Chavis

The Traditional Medicine project is an investigation into the cellular mechanisms of the efficacy of medicinal plants to address two main research questions: (1) has a decline in the use of traditional medicines resulted in the removal of positive health benefits that and (2) do interactions between currently used traditional medicines and western therapies contribute to health disparities in American Indian communities?