Plants used for herbal medicine

Plants used for herbal medicine

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Caption: Herbal medicine. View of a tray full of various plants used in herbal medicine. The pink flowering plant at lower centre is a foxglove (Digitalis sp.) which contains the extract digitalis. This contains two substances, namely digitoxin and digoxin, these stimulate the heart muscle. The periwinkle (Vinca sp., at centre right) is a source of alkaloids, used to treat cancer. Also seen at bottom left is a stem of ginger (Zingiber officinale), a garlic clove (Allium sativium, bottom left) and a hawthorn (family Rosaceae) at top right. A pestle & mortar is at top left corner.

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Keywords: alternative, complementary, culpeper's herbal book, digitalis sp., foxglove, hawthorn, healthcare, herbal medicine, herbal treatment, medical, medicine, opium poppy, periwinkle, plants, poppy, therapy

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