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Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Thu Sep 2 17:40:12 EST 1999

Good for you, Bev.
Wrote to the original query, the plant in question is / was used by native
Americans for asthma relief.  My grandfather grew, and used it for years.  The
toxins did finally kill him, at 97.

Beverly Erlebacher wrote:

> In article <01beee4a$50320ac0$32342581 at default>,
> Stephen M Jankalski <CEREOID at prodigy.net> wrote:
> >That's Datura stramonium, the "Jimson Weed". It is a toxic plant that has
> >gotten many teenagers rushed to the hospital from ingesting the seeds in
> >quest of a cheap high. Not something that is recommended for one to try.
> >There are a few links with information on the plant but you will need to
> >find them on your own because the what they suggest is not a desirable use
> >for it. We should not encourage the use of plants for destructive purposes.
> Why do you assume this person in India is a teenager looking for a high?
> Questions about pharmacognosy and phytochemistry are appropriate to this
> group.
> Alkaloids from solanaceous plants have been used in medicine for
> millenia, and compounds derived from them are still used in a wide
> variety of pharmaceuticals in the western world, including cold
> remedies, ophthalmology, anesthesia and the treatment of some kinds
> of pesticide poisoning.
> >You will have better luck finding info about it with the correct spelling.
> Note that the generic name 'Datura' is a form of the Hindi word usually
> transliterated dhatura, which refers to a related plant found in India.
> >"mahesh gogarkar" <mrgr51 at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote in article
> ><19990824135026.24462.qmail at hotmail.com>...
> >>
> >>     Respected Sir ,
> >>                   I wanted information of a plant DHATURA STRAMONIUM
> >>    regarding its medicinal use and morphology in brief,
> >>        Please do the needy .
> >>       Awating for a positive and favourable reply.
> >>        thanking you,
> At one time, smoke from the leaves of this plant was used to treat asthma.
> It seems to have a good supply of the usual belladonna alkaloids, including
> atropine, hyoscyamine, scopolomine and others.
> If you have access to the internet, try the USDA Agricultural Research
> Service Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases at
>         http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/plants.html
> Much of this data derives from:
>         Duke, James A. 1992. Handbook of phytochemical constituents of
>         GRAS herbs and other economic plants. Boca Raton, FL.  CRC Press.
> You can write to Dr. Duke at JimDuke at cpcug.org
> I hope this helps.

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