Gelsemium sempervirens

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Gelsemium sempervirens is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Gelsemium sempervirens

Gelsemium sempervirens in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Gelsemium sempervirens in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "Gelsemium sempervirens.—The effect of gelsemium in lowering the reflex action in the spinal cord, and in depressing the respiratory centre and paralyzing some of the cranial nerves, suggested its trial in epilepsy. The results show that its value, alone or in combination with bromide, is not considerable, although now and then it seems to be of some service, as in the following case:— [PARAGRAPH BREAK] A boy, aged 14, had suffered, for seven years, from fits, each of which commenced by rotation to the left, and was succeeded by sickness, but without giddiness. Their frequency, before treatment was commenced, was not noted, but while taking bromide, bromide with digitalis and bromide with belladonna, he had from four to eight fits per month whereas during three months in which five and seven minims of tincture of gelsemium was given with each dose (•) i.)[IN THE ORIGINAL TEXT, THE "•)" WAS REPRESENTED AS ONE SYMBOL, A SEMICIRCLE OPENED TO THE LEFT WHICH INSCRIBED A DOT.] of bromide, on
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Primary Source: Gowers, WR. Epilepsy and other chronic convulsive diseases. New York. William Wood & Company. 1885. p. 224.


Synonymns for Gelsemium sempervirens

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Gelsemium sempervirens

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Gelsemium sempervirens in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

Randomized Controlled Trials


1st Five Results: pubmed search

Oksana Peredery, Michael A Persinger
Herbal treatment following post-seizure induction in rat by lithium pilocarpine: Scutellaria lateriflora (Skullcap), Gelsemium sempervirens (Gelsemium) and Datura stramonium (Jimson Weed) may prevent development of spontaneous seizures.
Phytother Res: 2004, 18(9);700-5
[PubMed:15478209] [] [DOI] (P p)



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