10 medicines made from trees

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    • Allspice – although commonly used in the kitchen when cooking, allspice is also used in medicine as a carminative that helps colic sufferers to expel gas.
    • Balsam poplar – this is used as an expectorant in cough medicine, in ointment to prevent it going rancid and can be used externally on wounds.
    • Benjamin – this is also used as an expectorant in cough medicine and is used in steam inhalers to relieve bronchitis sufferers.
    • Camphor – this is used in muscle pain relievers as a counter irritant.
    • Cascara – this is used as an effective laxative or purgative.
    • Dogwood – it has been used in the past to prevent malaria as a substitute for quinine.
    • Nux Vomica – strychnine from the seeds of these trees can be used in small amounts, or mixed with other drugs, as a heart stimulant or tonic.
    • Quassia – relieves fevers and helps to expel parasites from the body.
    • Rauwolfia – used as an antidote for snake bites and insect stings as well as in tranquilizers and medication to treat nervous disorders.
    • Sassafras – this is used to create spring tonics and drinks, which when taken internally act as active diuretics.

    A modern medicine is L-Dopa, which treats Parkinson’s Disease.

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