Thursday, November 10, 2005

Wild Medicine

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'

Is it possible that your pharmacist could be a chimpanzee? That's not such a silly question. Naturalists are discovering that many animals use a variety of plants and other items to treat their illnesses. Animals often know about the medicinal properties of plants when modern medicine has yet to learn about them.

Recently naturalists noticed that one of the monkeys in the African preserve under their care had become lethargic, lost her appetite, and obviously had a severe gastric upset. A few hours after she became sick, she started munching on a native shrub that is not a normal part of the monkey's diet. She chewed the plant, swallowed the bitter juice and spit out the pulp. By the next afternoon her symptoms were gone and she was feeling better. After a little research, scientists discovered that local tribes use juices from the same plant to treat intestinal upset and loss of appetite.

Studies of the juices of a root that bears rub into their coats show that the bears are using an effective insecticide. Scientists have observed elephants, monkeys, birds and bears eating a variety of things that were not a normal part of their diet only to discover that the things being eaten had medicinal properties. Most amazing is that the animals know how best to take their medicine. If a leaf is best swallowed whole to kill intestinal parasites, it will be swallowed unchewed!

Who other than the Great Physician Himself could have taught the animals this medicine?

References: Cowen, Ron. 1990. Medicine on the wild side. ScienceNews, v. 138. p. 280.

~Creation Moment for Thursday, November 10, 2005


At 1:48 PM, November 10, 2005, Blogger workfromhome1011 said...

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At 6:56 PM, November 10, 2005, Blogger Donut_Munky0 said...


-The Man

At 9:59 PM, November 10, 2005, Blogger Elisabeth said...

God's amazing creation is full of surprises and this is why I enjoy science so much!

At 12:45 PM, November 11, 2005, Blogger jolygood said...

That's really cool.

At 2:25 PM, November 11, 2005, Blogger Sniper Monkey said...

I like monkeys.

At 12:28 PM, November 12, 2005, Blogger The Fool said...

I thought you did. :)

God's Creation is pretty awesome stuff.

At 8:56 PM, November 12, 2005, Blogger Donut_Munky0 said...


At 8:55 PM, November 13, 2005, Blogger The Fool said...

Oh My Goodness!! Me too!!!

I Just finished off a glass.


At 1:02 PM, November 15, 2005, Blogger Orange Man said...

Quite incredible. Quite incredible indeed. Smashing indeed.

At 1:02 PM, November 15, 2005, Blogger Orange Man said...

Quite incredible. Quite incredible indeed. Smashing indeed.


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