Re: [albanach] Laxative Herbs of the British Isles - Thank you!
- Jack Graham wrote:
>See http://www.woodlandherbs.co.uk/acatalog/history.html~:) Thank you very much, Jack. I sincerely appreciate your help!
>which says The British National Formulary (BNF) is a book containing information on all commonly used drugs used in UK medicine. There are only a very few herbs mentioned, for example Senna (as a laxative for constipation), Gentian (as a bitter/tonic) and Ispaghula (Psyllium husks as a gentle laxative/fibre).
>Senna's properties are at http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/senna.htm
>Senna may be a little slow for your needs so consider fairy flax.
>More is given at http://hubpages.com/hub/Herbal-and-Folk-Medicine-of-Constipation
>saying In Scotland fairy flax (Linum catharticum) has been used as a purgative.
>Properties of fairy flax are given in Fairy Flax (aka Purging Flax) contains the same cyanogenic glycoside "Linamairin" as does Cultivated Flax. and at the very end of http://www.wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/F/Flax%28Cultivated%29/Flax%28Cultivated%29.htm
>as Podophyllotoxins cause severe diarrhea and blocks the process of cell division; they are thus toxic as their name suggests.
>So my vote is for Fairy Flax... be careful, too much of this good stuff is fatal :-)
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