Category Archives: Ethnopharmacology

Kava. No worries?

“When the mixture is not too strong, the subject attains a state of happy unconcern, well-being and contentment, free of physical and psycological excitement. At the beginning conversation comes in a gentle, easy flow and hearing and sight are honed, … Continue reading

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Here Be Dragons ~ Blood

Dragons or Dinosaurs. The notion of large dangerous scaly creatures that will either crush or burn and eat us, or confer strength and immortality, seems a fairly common element of the human psyche. Though even when people sailed or wandered … Continue reading

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New herb, an old story?

It’s a simple line that seems likely to be interpreted in myriad ways and not be the last word. “Cup of Herbal Tea Could Help Fight Breast Cancer” Or more specifically “An Aqueous Extract of Fagonia cretica Induces DNA Damage, … Continue reading

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Aloes

The orange-red inflorescence of an Aloe ferox. The recent prolific mid-winter flowering in a range of Aloe species had piqued my interest again in this mostly African genus of plants. There’s been at least half a dozen species flowering and … Continue reading

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How old is herbal medicine?

For the most part, herbal medicine traditions identify themselves from the time of the oldest extant texts in their cultural tradition, Hippocrates, Shennong etc. Often enough the first texts of any recognisable form in many cultures were herbal texts, encompassing … Continue reading

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Snake Root and Medical misinterpretations

Could a 50-year-old pillar of modern psychiatry be based on a misunderstanding of an ancient herbal medicine and the already available evidence? Some researchers have suggested just that. Notwithstanding the real and significant personal and social toll that mental health … Continue reading

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Reading matters – The Beginning and End of Western Botanical Sciences?

Been reading more than writing lately, and thought I’d share a few interesting posts and stories concerning the beginning and possible ending of field and practical botanical science in the western world. Starting with the excellent ArtPlantae blog and their … Continue reading

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