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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Mistletoe (Part One): A Parasite That Can Hurt Or Heal

European mistletoe (Viscum album). (CC BY 2.0)
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Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows on a wide range of host trees, shows up on every continent but Antarctica - and on each continent, it's been used in folk medicine. From ancient Greece into twentieth-century America, it was prescribed for epilepsy. Over the centuries, healers have used mistletoe to treat arthritis, menstrual problems, miscarriage (through controlling bleeding), hypertension, and pain - and that's just the short list. It's prescribed frequently in Europe. But don't try any of these uses without a trained health practitioner, because mistletoe can be toxic.

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Landmark Anti-Psychotic Medication
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Rauwolfia, a.k.a. Snakeroot

December 14th & 16th, 2013: The twisted root of the Asian plant Rauwolfia is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for hypertension and insanity. As the modern anti-psychotic and blood pressure drug Reserpine, 1970s studies linked it to serious side effects, but recently, it's made a comeback as a valuable hypertensive. 

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Take It Easy with the Licorice Candygrams
8:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Licorice II: Resemblence to Anise Is Purely Intentional

November 30th & December 2nd, 2013: The root of the licorice shrub treats digestive problems, inflammation, ulcers, colds and many other ailments, but it creates problems when consumed in excess, raising blood pressure and causing electrolyte imbalances. American candy manufacturers substitute anise seed flavoring.

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