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


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Historical Use of Turpentine

Turpentine in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Turpentine in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: per Gowers in 1881, "Borax on some ocasions was of great value when bromide was ineffective, but mistletoe and turpentine were comparatively useless…"
Sec Auth: Eadie MJ and Bladin PF
Title: A Disease Once Sacred. John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001
Page: 206
Source: A Disease Once Sacred, John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001, M.J. Eadie and P.F. Bladin
Complete: Eadie MJ, Bladin PF. A disease once sacred: a history of the medical understanding of epilepsy. Eastleigh: John Libbey; 2001. p. 206.
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Synonymns for Turpentine

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Turpentine

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Turpentine in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

Randomized Controlled Trials


1st Five Results: pubmed search

Kazumasa Okada, Uki Yamashita, Sadatoshi Tsuji
Cyclooxygenase system contributes to the maintenance of post convulsive period of epileptic phenomena in the genetically epileptic El mice.
J UOEH: 2006, 28(3);265-75
[PubMed:16981403] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

P R Burkhard, K Burkhardt, C A Haenggeli, T Landis
Plant-induced seizures: reappearance of an old problem.
J Neurol: 1999, 246(8);667-70
[PubMed:10460442] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

J C Morrant
The wing of madness: the illness of Vincent van Gogh.
Can J Psychiatry: 1993, 38(7);480-4
[PubMed:8242520] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

David Lithgow
On the Oil of Turpentine in Epilepsy.
Edinb Med Surg J: 1815, 11(43);300-302
[PubMed:30329415] [WorldCat.org] (P p)

Edward Percival
On Oil of Turpentine, &c. in Epilepsy.
Edinb Med Surg J: 1813, 9(35);271-276
[PubMed:30331389] [WorldCat.org] (P p)



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