TREE supports, promotes and orchestrates research of flora and fauna that can benefit human health. Some of the best remedies, supplements and compounds used today have been derived from nature, presenting vast opportunities to improve healthcare and wellness. For example, only 5% of the plants on earth have been researched for this purpose. Also, scientists are just beginning to look at venomous species for their potential uses. Many traditional uses have not been scientifically validated. TREE will seek out and accumulate such information with the help of indigenous people, especially in subtropical and tropical areas where traditional “health and wellness” methods still exist.
The Tree Institute has just begun an exciting new project in Cuba with an amazing collection of medicinal plants. There is a farm in central Cuba that is dedicated to the cultivation and research of native plants with medicinal attributes. The plants cultivated and researched have come from a long history of natural medicine and ethno-botanical tradition in Cuba. The TREE Institute is currently developing a strategy to inventory and document the activities on this finca as a basis to begin the systematic analysis of the biochemistry of the plant material.
TREE will bring together neurologists, neuro-surgeons and researchers in this field to share information.
TREE is supporting independent scientists to research plants that could benefit human health, currently being used by indigenous people in the Sierra Maestra mountain range area.