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By Peter V. Taberner

The making plans and writing of this publication has taken fairly longer than I had initially meant; what started as a modest literary undertaking for 2 second-year scientific scholars has improved over 8 years to turn into an entire booklet. the subject material lent itself all too simply to a sen­ sationalist procedure but, nevertheless, a strictly clinical method could most likely have ended in a lifeless dry textual content of little curiosity to the final reader. i've got for that reason tried to bridge the space and make the booklet intelligible and pleasing to the non-special­ ist, yet while making sure that it really is factually right and properly researched for the scientist or clinician. i've got consistently been inspired by means of Sir J .G. Frazer's creation to his vintage ebook The Golden Bough during which he apologizes for the truth that a piece of writing initially meant purely to give an explanation for the principles of succession to the priesthood of Diana at Aricia had improved, over a interval of thirty years, to 12 volumes. the current paintings can't faux to such heady degrees of educational excellence.

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Chinese herbalists abound in Hong Kong, where the standard of living is much higher than on the mainland and where modem drugs are readily available, so it would seem that the traditional approach survives because it is preferred by the patients rather than as an economic necessity. This 'alternative' medicine maintains a fascinating emphasis on the manufacture and sale of substances to promote longevity in general and restore sexual vigour in particular. The early herbalists discovered the basic technique of infusing leaves in hot water in order to extract the active principles (this is still the practical means for making tea), and they also discovered the value of the ginseng root.

The leaves of Zanthoxylum are recommended as an antidote to bites and strings; mixed with vinegar they will cure hiccups. c. decoction of one or more of the following: Selinum monnieri, 8 g Epimedium macranthum (the leaves contain the glycoside icariin and an unknown alkaloid), 7 g Plantago major (this contains sugar, citrate, oxalate, emulsin, invertin and aucubin), 10 g Extracts given to animals are reputed to increase their rate of copulation and increase the volume of seminal secretions. c.

Juniper oil is recommended in the treatment of gonorrhoea, ringworm and eczema. It is interesting to speculate whether gin, which contains extract of juniper, might share these valuable properties. The fruit of Schisandra contains citric, malic and tartaric acids, carbohydrates, resins, vitamin C, manganese, iron, silicon, phosphorus and calcium, in addition to some alkaloids of unknown chemical structure present in the seeds. The fruit is unusual in that it is reputed to possess all of the five basic flavours, namely: sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty.

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