Traditions and research for life and health

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The research of medicinal plants, especially those of the local wild flora, began after the organisation of the Botanical Garden in 1950. The first researches aimed at highlighting the number of indigenous species with high content of active principles and gathering information about their use in folk and scientific medicine.

The knowledge of medicinal plants, so widely used today, represents the combination of the tradition of empirical medicine with the most recent research in this field, a valuable treasure offered by the nature of man and animals to cure various diseases.

In the multi-millennial coexistence with the surrounding nature, man has been concerned to know as much as possible about the plants existing in the vegetation in the area where he lived, looking for possibilities to use them in different fields, such as food, building materials, industry, dyeing, beekeeping, dendrology, cosmetics and in the prevention and cure of many physical and mental diseases.