Scientists study healing properties of plants growing in Kazakhstan

Phytochemical analysis of medicinal herbs growing in Kazakhstan - domestic scientists say that it is necessary to develop this industry. According to researchers, there are more than 6,000 grass species in the country, of which 726 have been proven to have healing properties, while the rest have not been studied yet. Especially such plants as asparagus, wild ginseng and leafless anabasis. Experts say that for example it is possible to get a hundred different medicines from licorice, which is found in the Kyzylorda region.

“It is necessary to study the plants growing in Kazakhstan. For example, there are over 6,000 grass species in the country, 726 of which are the endemic ones. That is, they are found only in our country. I think that we need to study all these plants, get the medicines from them and then export the products overseas. Of course, it is a huge amount of work that needs to be done,” Kaldanai Kozhanova, Head of the Engineering Disciplines Department at the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, said.

Domestic pharmacist Argynbek Kabylkak spent several years on expeditions around the country in search of medicinal plants. According to him, many medicinal herbs that can even cure cancer grow in Mangystau, Atyrau, Aktobe and Kyzylorda regions. The scientist believes that these plants need to be artificially propagated, which in turn will be a good opportunity for the development of the country's pharmaceutical industry.

“There is a herb growing in China that effectively helps with burns and frostbite. Three species of this plant can be found there. However, there are seven species of this herb growing in western Kazakhstan. Therefore, our country should use all the opportunities given by nature and take a new step in the development of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Kabylkak.