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


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Historical Use of Henbane

Henbane in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Henbane in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "Even as late as 1866, Althaus (1831-1900) credited tincture of henbane rather than bromide of potassium with the best results in suppressing epileptic attacks."
Sec Auth: Temkin O
Title: The Falling Sickness. Second Edition, Revised, Softshell Books edition, 1994
Page: 298
Source: The Falling Sickness, Second Edition, Revised, Softshell Books edition, 1994,Owsei Temkin
Complete: Temkin O. The falling sickness: a history of epilepsy from the Greeks to the beginnings of modern neurology. London: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2 Revised Edition, (Softshell Books) ; 1994. p. 298.
Primary Source: 274 Althaus (27), On Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Ataxy, p. 29 f.


Synonymns for Henbane

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Henbane

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Henbane in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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K Laios, P Lytsikas-Sarlis, K Manes, M-I Kontaxaki, M Karamanou, G Androutsos
Drugs for mental illnesses in ancient greek medicine.
Psychiatriki: 2019, 30(1);58-65
[PubMed:31115355] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Svend Norn, Henrik Permin, Edith Kruse, Poul R Kruse
[On the history of barbiturates]. [Pionerer bag barbituraterne.]
Dan Medicinhist Arbog: 2015, 43;133-51
[PubMed:27086450] [WorldCat.org] (P p)

[Legend-entwined henbane]. [Legendenumranktes Bilsenkraut.]
Praxis (Bern 1994): 2005, 94(18);756
[PubMed:15938387] [WorldCat.org] (P p)



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