23.09.2014

What is herbal and botanical medicine clinic

Bear in mind "A Modern Herbal" was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900's.
The history of the formation of the alkaloids, in different parts and age of the tree, is interesting.
Large and too constant doses must be avoided, as they produce headache, giddiness and deafness. This should be taken into account as some of the information may now be considered inaccurate, or not in accordance with modern medicine.


These evergreen trees grow in the hottest part of the world and are said to constitute a twenty-ninth part of the whole flowering plants of the tropics. Peruvian bark was introduced to Europe in 1640, but the plant producing it was not known to botanists till 1737; a few years later it was renamed Cinchona after the Countess of Chinchon, who first made the bark known in Europe for its medicinal qualities.
The powdered bark is often used in tooth-powders, owing to its astringency, but not much used internally (except as a bitter wine); it creates a sensation of warmth, but sometimes causes gastric intestinal irritation. The history of Cinchona and its many vicissitudes affords a striking illustration of the importance of Government aid in establishing such an industry.


It was known and used by the Jesuits very early in its history, but was first advertized for sale in England by James Thompson in 1658, and was made official in the London Pharmacopoeia of 1677.



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