Category: Culture, Museums

Sep 5

Exhibition- poison and medicine in the plant

The aim of the exhibition is to make the general public acquainted with some wild herbs which have been, through the history of mankind, used and are still used both in folk medicine, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry.

Exhibition- poison and medicine in the plant

The exhibition is to answer many doubts about the healing properties, and toxicity of medicinal herbs referring to the latest scientific research and pharmaceutical knowledge. The answer this exhibition gives us is the fact that the "cure" taken from nature can also be a "poison " if improperly applied. Although the treatment of herbs is the oldest form of healing that goes far back into human history and although many drugs are of plant origin, at the present time, however we are more likely to use synthetic medication prescribed by the official, recognized medicine, offered by the developed pharmaceutical industry. 

We are convinced that synthetic drugs are better, stronger, better and more reliable. Is it the right choice and correct belief it is hard to say, because some studies have clearly shown that herbal products work better and with a much fewer side effects. 
However, when it comes to the application in the treatment of poisonous plants, there is always a risk, especially in folk medicine preparations, which have no standardized active plant substances! For this reason, we have to, with great caution, use herbal remedies in treatments, even commercial ones, especially if their active compounds are not standardized, meaning optimal quantity of one or more active ingredients. 
Therefore, collecting medicinal herbs in nature, growing and making of preparations, as well as buying "in bulk" is a particular risk because we can not be sure of the amount of the active ingredients of herbs. By this exhibition are, are for the first time in Croatia - Zagreb in 2008, and now in Split, presented exhibits of poisonous plants prepared in epoxy resins, the new method developed by the curator of the Botanical Department of HPM's. This method offers new opportunities both in presentation and in keeping herbal material, and a truer and longer retention of natural looks and colors of plants. 
The exhibition presents on a painted canvas the so called. Herbalist’s room (the room in which distillation and preparing of medicinal herbs are carried out), 3 posters with toxic compounds, 16 posters with poisonous / medicinal plants and 16 plants, stuffed with epoxy resin, 5 tube with 10 posters on illuminated plants (city light) films, as well as dried herbs.

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