Poisonous medicinal plants
The ancient Greeks, explaining the action of medicinal plants, they are sometimes endowed with supernatural power. In ancient Greek word “Pharmakon” means both poison and medicine, and witchcraft. From the same word science on medicinal plants is now called pharmacognosy. about drugs in pharmacology. and those who manufacture drugs in the pharmacies are called pharmacists.
At different times and in different countries of poisonous plants prepared potions for criminal purposes. “Insidious”, “harmful”, “plant-enemies” — not once refer to these plants! Many of them from ancient times was known also that they have remarkable healing properties if taken in small doses. The ancient doctors said that the poison, skillfully applied, can serve as a cure. Russian only medicine used more than 160 species of poisonous plants. A lot of them in medicine India, Tibet, China, Africa, and America.
Most poisons are treated, if only to know how and in what quantities to apply them. Small doses of poison contain painkillers, soothing, healing the wounds of drugs, remedies for infections, diseases of heart, liver, kidneys.
In the plant Kingdom, scientists are averaging 10 thousand species of poisonous plants. That’s a lot.
However, most of them dangerous not always, but only in certain periods of their development.
Bavetta that one and the same plant different poisonous depending on the conditions in which it grows. More poisonous plants that grew in the shade. In the morning it has more poisons than in the evening or at night. It also depends on the composition of the soil. its temperature, humidity.
Celery, growing in marshy places, the taste is disgusting and poisonous, and was grown in the garden in the garden — a pleasant, nutritious and medicinal.
Toxic substances are distributed in different parts of plants varies. Some poisonous fruits and bark, others with flowers and leaves, the third almost the entire set of poisons concentrated in the roots. Potatoes are all poisonous except the tuber. In green or sprouted tubers accumulate poisonous substance — solanine. However, it is partially destroyed during cooking. Tomatoes (and the fruits and seeds) is not poisonous, and the leaves, stems, roots poisonous. Sometimes the whole plant is poisonous.
There is not any single feature that would help to distinguish poisonous from non-poisonous plant.
Found more cases of poisoning with poisonous plants is the result of the fact that people, especially children, sloppy with unfamiliar herbs. Don’t know that there are among them those who even can not touch it, and even more so to take by mouth. So there was no trouble, poisonous plants you may encounter in the forest, field and even in your flower garden, you need to know.