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Remedies in my stories

Although I have no formal medical knowledge, I try to be as accurate as possible when I use various remedies in my stories.I try to have my healers in the stories use traditional remedies that were popular in ancient times and modern research has shown to be effective.

Here is further information about some of them

Honey - This has been used since ancient times but has recently aroused new interest, when it was found to combat MRSA antibiotic resistant infections.

These articles explain the research in detail.

Hawthorn - A traditional remedy to strengthen the the heart, which has recently attracted renewed interest as a remedy for high blood pressure

"Hawthorn is traditionally known for its strong and powerful effect on the circulatory system, particularly the heart. It has been used for centuries with great success, especially in Europe. Even today it remains a favorite among herbalists as a cardiac tonic. Hawthorn is valued for nourishing blood pressure and circulation. When used on a regular, long-term basis hawthorn exerts a continued protection to the cardiovascular system."

Dandelion - Widely used in herbal medicine to treat fluid retention and liver problems.

Poppy Juice is opium, used to treat severe pain as morphine.It is highly addictive if wrongly used and abused by addicts as heroin.

Hypericum or St.John's Wort is a popular herbal remedy for depression.In Germany,it is often prescribed by doctors instead of medicines like "Prozac". It can also be used as an ointment to treat bruises.

Comfrey has been used to treat sprains, fractures and joint problems for at least 3,000 years.

Calendula or Marigold has traditionally been used as an antisptic cream to promote the healing of wounds.

Garlic has been used for thousands of years and was popular with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

It is a powerful natural antibiotic and anti- bacterial agent.It is also used to treat high cholesterol and blood pressure.

In folklore it is used for keeping vampires at bay !

Botanical Com is a great source of information about the traditional uses of herbs.

Other writers are welcome to make use of this generally available information.

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