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


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Historical Use of Poppy

Poppy in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Poppy in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "Frothy poppy acts as a 'specific' emetic for epilepsy; the 'frothy' structure of the plant could have served as a signature, associating it with the well-known frothing of the epileptic, and its other name of 'heracleia' connects it with the disease of Heracles."
Sec Auth: Temkin O
Title: The Falling Sickness. Second Edition, Revised, Softshell Books edition, 1994
Page: 80
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. 80.
Primary Source: 548 Cf. Dioscurides (282), ed. Wellmann, vol. 2, p.223, 12.


Synonymns for Poppy

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Poppy

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Poppy in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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Animal Studies

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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)

María Antonia Martínez, Salomé Ballesteros, Elena Almarza, Joaquín Garijo
Death in a legal poppy field in Spain.
Forensic Sci. Int.: 2016, 265;34-40
[PubMed:26844398] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Surendra K Mattoo, Shubh M Singh, Rahul Bhardwaj, Suresh Kumar, Debasish Basu, Parmanand Kulhara
Prevalence and correlates of epileptic seizure in substance-abusing subjects.
Psychiatry Clin. Neurosci.: 2009, 63(4);580-2
[PubMed:19497001] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

M D Aceto, L S Harris, M E Abood, K C Rice
Stereoselective mu- and delta-opioid receptor-related antinociception and binding with (+)-thebaine.
Eur. J. Pharmacol.: 1999, 365(2-3);143-7
[PubMed:9988096] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)



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