Why Study Herbal Plants?

  • Shabnum Shaheen
  • Sehrish Ramzan
  • Farah Khan
  • Mushtaq Ahmad


The word “herb” has been derived from the Latin word “herba” and an old French word “herbe”. Nowadays, herb refers to any part of the plant-like fruit, seed, stem, bark, flower, leaf, stigma or a root, as well as a non-woody plant. Earlier, the term “herb” was only applied to non-woody plants, including those that come from trees and shrubs. These medicinal plants are also used as food, flavonoid, medicine or perfume and also in certain spiritual activities (Anselem 2004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shabnum Shaheen
    • 1
  • Sehrish Ramzan
    • 2
  • Farah Khan
    • 2
  • Mushtaq Ahmad
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesLahore College for Women UniversityLahorePakistan
  2. 2.Lahore College for Women UniversityLahorePakistan
  3. 3.Quaid-i-Azam UniversityIslamabadPakistan

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