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To: ApplegateRanch
Amazing. About forty years ago, my wife and I met a woman in her 90's who told us her mother used to smoke henbane for asthma.

I just shrugged it off, till one day I read the label on a Contac Cold Capsule box.

One of the ingredients was hyoscyamine sulfate...From Hyoscyamus niger, Henbane. One of the Tomato/Nightshade/Belladona family.

So there was something to it. Salicylates from willow bark, reserpine from snakeroot, brucine from goldthread root-It's what they did before they had stainless steel reactors and lobbyists.

10 posted on 12/09/2008 4:50:31 AM PST by Gorzaloon (Roark, Architect.)
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To: Gorzaloon; John Leland 1789; EEDUDE
I met a woman in her 90's who told us her mother used to smoke henbane for asthma.

When I was a kid my uncle gave me one of those cigarettes when I was having an attack.

Basically just dried and ground leaves of Jimson weed rolled into a cigarette.

In China in the early ‘90s there were popular brands of cigarettes that were advertised to relieve cold and flu symptoms.

Yes indeed. All herbals that were cheap & that worked. It isn't as if asthma is curable; it is matter of symptomatic relief, so how that is achieved should be up to the individual ADULT; kids, well, that is a different jug of sarsaparilla.

Asthmadore, made with belladona & jimsonweed, was OTC; but Tedral (1/8 grain —8 mg— phenobarbital) required a prescription.

IIRC, Tedral was basically Bronkaid (OTC, but limits on amount sold at a time) with the pheno added.

I need to start poking around the local “organic” and ‘herbal” shops.

Heaven & Congress forbid that we free men treat ourselves effectively, without the help of docs to write the script, the pharmacist to dispense it, the pharms to package it, and, most important of all, the insurance companies to spread the wealth.

18 posted on 12/09/2008 3:56:00 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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