Gelsemium Information

 Gelsemium

 

 

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Most Common Name:Gelsemium
Botanical Name:Gelsemium Sempervirens, Gelsemium Nitidum
Also Known As (other names):Yellow Jasmine, Wild Jasmine, Wild Woodbine

Gelsemium is a native of North America, often confused with Jasmine.

This herb contains a powerful spinal depressant and in particular attacks the respiratory control system. Even small dosages will cause death.

This herb is not recommended

Warning

As there are many other herbs that will render the same or better benefits we do not recommend the use of this herb. We have included it on our pages in the interest of completeness only.

For other herbs that will address your specific symptoms or complaints please go to our Symptoms Directory where we list the most common complaints, diseases, symptoms and affects with links to all the herb pages that address these.

The reasons why we do not recommend this particular herb could be one or more of the following reasons:

It is poisonous and/or contains toxins

We believe that it has no effect

Dosage is hard to determine and in some cases the therapeutic dose may be too close to the toxic dose.

Side effects of this herb could be too severe for personal safety

Any significant dosage of this herb could be fatal.

If you still believe that only this herb can address the complaint that you have we insist that you discuss it in detail with your doctor and heed his or her advice.

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Properties, or in treatment of:

PoisonousAntispasmodicSedative

 

Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.

Indole Alkaloids: This large group of alkaloids has been the source of many of the most potent hallucinogenic drugs and other pharmaceutical drugs. This group of alkaloids contain many poisons including strychnine.

As a rule Indole Alkaloids act on the nervous system, ranging from a strong sedative and tranquilising effect to total paralysis. In many Indole Alkaloids the paralysis can be long lasting and is extreme enough to cause death. A very small variation in dosage of Indole Alkaloids has a very high probability of causing instant death. Many fatalities have been linked to accidental ingestion of herbs containing indole alkaloids and in most cases the amount of herb ingested was very small.

Iridoid Glycosides: Found in many plants Iridoids are very bitter. These bitter principles stimulates the release of gastrin in the digestive system, which in turn stimulates the secretions of bile and other digestive chemicals. Iridoid Glycosides have laxative and antimicrobal properties. There are many that believe that Iridoid Glycosides also have anti-inflammatory properties but so far the only tests have revealed a very weak anti-inflammatory effect.

 

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

 

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

Don't use at all - is is poisonous!  
   
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