Ancient Map of Herbal Cures!?

This article first appeared in and is written by Ivan Petricevic


The map depicts the different types of herbs, used to treat different diseases and the locations (states) inside the US, where these herbs grow.

Did you know that around 25 percent of active ingredients that are used today in modern medicine to cure disease such as cancer are only found in the Amazon? The fact that only 10 percent of the plants have been studied for their medical properties is an even more fascinating.

Mother nature offers everything we need to stay health and has provided people thousands of years ago with active elements that helped an ancient man stay healthy and strong. Herbs, however, are not the only natural medicines we should focus on. There are countless studies that have been performed on the healing potential of foods and plants which have shown to combat numerous diseases.

According to a study (source) published in Life Sciences, Cancer Letters, and Anticancer Drugs, artemisinin, a derivative component of the wormwood plant is used for thousands of years in Chinese traditional medicine. This component can kill off cancer cells and do it at an incredible rate of 12,000 cancer cells for every healthy cell.

Bitter Melon juice is another natural element we should closely monitor. According to research, bitter melon juice is demonstrated to kill off pancreatic cancer cells in vitro and in mice, according to a study (source) performed by the University of Colorado.

The tests of both in-vitro and in-vivo performed on Bitter Melon juice have shown that this natural component is extremely effective in treating pancreatic, and even other types of cancer. Derivatives of Bitter Lemon Juice can also be considered in the treatment of other diseases.

Today, the medical industry has set strict regulations that limit, like never before, the knowledge of ancient medical treatments. Thousands of years ago, before ‘modern medicine’ and expensive treatment used to combat numerous diseases, ancient mankind used different herbs, foods and plants to stay healthy. So, if ancient mankind was able to do it in the distant past… why are we not researching natural medicine as a greater weapon against modern diseases?

It seems that with our busy life schedule, and fancy technology, we have forgotten that not long ago, medicine was one hundred percent natural. In the past, different foods, plants and herbs were used to treat all kinds of diseases, and people knew that in order to treat a disease, time and commitment were needed.

This map, printer in 1930, shows the different plant species that grew in each state in the US. Printed by the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association, the incredible map serves as a reminder that nearly everything we need to combat numerous diseases can be found in nature.

Today, the pharmaceutical industry has taken over our lives completely, we no longer use natural medicine since we have forgotten, or are unaware, of the numerous benefits of chemical-free treatments.


Ivan is a freelance writer, editor-in-chief of, he also writes for EWAO, Share Knowledge, Svemir Online and Ancient Origins.