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Examples of Plants used as Drugs

Penicillin – mould against infections
Yew Trees that cure tumours
Mayapple – a many facetted healing herb
Opium – a latex from Hell?
Thistles protect against liver damage
A willow for a headache
Chamomile for the stomach
Purple coneflower assists the immune defences
Valerian – a natural sedative
Deadly nightshade relieves cramp
Liquorice – sweets for coughs
Bogbean – a bitter for the stomach
Foxglove helps against heart failure
Bark for malaria
Sweet wormwood – a “new” product for malaria
Hops –more than bitter in beer
Coffee – rat poison or miracle medicine?

General References about Medicinal Plants:
Samuelsson, G., Drugs of Natural Origin, 5th ed., Swedish Pharmaceutical Press, Stockholm, 2004