Herbal Cures

HERBAL MEDICINE [Latin: herba; a seed plant without woody stem] First form of remedy used by primitive medical men and witch doctors. A Chinese herbal drug Ma Huang , now known to contain the nerve stimulant ephedrinewas used 5000 years ago. The Chinese Emperor Shen Nung (2800 BC) listed 365 herbal remedies in his great herbal, Pen Tsoa.  Galen(129–200 BC) proposed 347 herbs for treatment of diseases. Australian Aborigines were familiar with various herbal remedies, including purgatives, emetics, narcotics, aphrodisiacs, and aromatics. By at least 400 BC, Susruta, the Brahmin physician described over 1000 diseases and 700 medicinal herbs in the Susruta Samitha. Dioscorides (c AD 40–90), a Greek physician of Anarzaba who lived during the reign of Nero, described over 600 plants in his five books on materia medica. Nicholas Praepositus of Salerno wrote Antidotarium , a book mainly on herbal treatment in the 12th century. Aztecs in central America practiced a high standard of medicine combined with a full array of herbal remedies before the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. Their city, Tenochtitlan, known as Mexico City today had pharmacies which listed over 1000 herbal medicines. The most well-known British herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper (1616–1654), was also a physician and astrologer and wrote his Herbal in 1649, which ran into numerous editions over two centuries. The transition from herbal medicine to scientific pharmacology started with the discovery of alkaloid extracts from plants in the 19th century. The alkaloids cinchonaand quinine were extracted from Peruvian bark (Cinchona succirubra) by P.J. Pelletier (1788–1842) and J.B. Caventou (1793–1877) of Paris in 1820, as well as opium.  Ephedrine, one of the earliest known alkaloids was extracted from Ephedra vulgaris  by Nagajosi Nagai (1844–1929) in 1887.



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Edible and Poisonous Fungi, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1930, first edition, colour illustrations and plates
Edible and Poisonous Fungi, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1930, first edition, colour illustrations and plates
£39.00
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More Secret Remedies, What they cost and what they contain, British Medical Association, 1912,
More Secret Remedies, What they cost and what they contain, British Medical Association, 1912,
£48.00
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The working Man's Model Family Botanic Guide - or, Every Man his Own Doctor; Being an Exposition of the Botanic System, 1904, good copy
The working Man's Model Family Botanic Guide - or, Every Man his Own Doctor; Being an Exposition of the Botanic System, 1904, good copy
£55.00
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Drugs from Plants, Williams, Trevor Illtyd, Sigma 1945 First Edition
Drugs from Plants, Williams, Trevor Illtyd, Sigma 1945 First Edition
£85.00
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The New Family Herbal, comprising a description and medical virtues of British and Foreign Plants 430 pages and plates, ca 1870 - 1920
The New Family Herbal, comprising a description and medical virtues of British and Foreign Plants 430 pages and plates, ca 1870 - 1920
£85.00
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The New Family Herbal, comprising a description and medical virtues of British and Foreign Plants ca 1870 - 1920
The New Family Herbal, comprising a description and medical virtues of British and Foreign Plants ca 1870 - 1920
£85.00
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A Cyclopedia of Domestic Medicine and Surgery, Thomas Andrew Leather bound marble edged pages 1859 SOLD
A Cyclopedia of Domestic Medicine and Surgery, Thomas Andrew Leather bound marble edged pages 1859 SOLD
£95.00
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Text Book of Pharmacognosy, George Edward Trease, Balliere Tindall, 1949
Text Book of Pharmacognosy, George Edward Trease, Balliere Tindall, 1949
£98.00
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The New Family Herbal: Comprising a Description, and the Medical Virtues of British and Foreign Plants, First Edition, 1863?, fair copy
The New Family Herbal: Comprising a Description, and the Medical Virtues of British and Foreign Plants, First Edition, 1863?, fair copy
£110.00
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TREATISE ON MIDWIFERY: AND THE DISEASES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WITH REMEDIES. Coffin, A.I. Publication Date: 1897
TREATISE ON MIDWIFERY: AND THE DISEASES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WITH REMEDIES. Coffin, A.I. Publication Date: 1897
£112.00
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Culpepper's Complete British Herbal, undated, ca 1870-1880, 430 pages,  coloured plates, good copy, Publisher: Milner And Co,  Manchester,
Culpepper's Complete British Herbal, undated, ca 1870-1880, 430 pages, coloured plates, good copy, Publisher: Milner And Co, Manchester,
£115.00
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The Principal Uses of the Sixteen Most Important and Fourteen Supplementary Homeopathic Medicines, 260 pages,  Jahr, Hull, Hempel, Bryant, Hale, 1889
The Principal Uses of the Sixteen Most Important and Fourteen Supplementary Homeopathic Medicines, 260 pages, Jahr, Hull, Hempel, Bryant, Hale, 1889
£120.00
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An Introduction to the Chemistry of Plant Products by Paul Haas and T.G. Hill, First Edition, Longmans, London 1913
An Introduction to the Chemistry of Plant Products by Paul Haas and T.G. Hill, First Edition, Longmans, London 1913
£138.00
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The Practice of Medicine on Thomsonian Principles,J W Comfort, Revised & Enlarged Edition, Philadelphia,1850 Leather bound
The Practice of Medicine on Thomsonian Principles,J W Comfort, Revised & Enlarged Edition, Philadelphia,1850 Leather bound
£145.00
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Clavis anglica linguæ botanicæ; or, a botanical lexicon; in which the terms of botany are applied, derived, 1789
Clavis anglica linguæ botanicæ; or, a botanical lexicon; in which the terms of botany are applied, derived, 1789
£145.00
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Pharmacographia, A History of the Principal Drugs,  A, Fluckiger Freidrich, Macmillan, 1879
Pharmacographia, A History of the Principal Drugs, A, Fluckiger Freidrich, Macmillan, 1879
£155.00
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The Complete Herbalists or People their Own Physicians, Prof Brown O Phelps, 1890
The Complete Herbalists or People their Own Physicians, Prof Brown O Phelps, 1890
£160.00
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Galenic Pharmacy; A Practical Handbook to the Processes of the British Pharmacopoeia Cripps, R.A. 1893
Galenic Pharmacy; A Practical Handbook to the Processes of the British Pharmacopoeia Cripps, R.A. 1893
£178.00
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An Introduction to the Study of  Materia Medica, Henry George Greenish, First Edition 1899
An Introduction to the Study of Materia Medica, Henry George Greenish, First Edition 1899
£196.00
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An Introduction to the Study of  Materia Medica, First Edition 1899
An Introduction to the Study of Materia Medica, First Edition 1899
£196.00
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THE FAMILY HERBAL, or an account of all those English plants, Sir John Hill, Leather Bound 54 color plates 1812
THE FAMILY HERBAL, or an account of all those English plants, Sir John Hill, Leather Bound 54 color plates 1812
£330.00
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