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Top ten herbs, then and now...

by Paul Bergner

Medical Herbalism 04-30-94 6(1): 8

In 1921, the Lloyd Brothers company in Cincinnati, then the leading distributor of botanical extracts to physicians, compiled a list of their best selling herbs. They were (exact species not originally indicated):

Echinacea                 Echinacea spp

Chionanthus (fringe tree)         Chionanthus virginicus

Macrotys (black cohosh)             Cimicifuga racemosa

Crataegus (Hawthorn)             Crataegus oxycantha

Pulsatilla                     Anemone pulsatilla

Gelsemium                 Gelsemium sempervirens

Thuja                     Thuja occidentalis

Phytolacca (Poke)             Phytolacca decandra

Cactus (night-blooming cereus)         Cactus grandiflorus

Passiflora (passion flower)          Passiflora incarnata

All these herbs remain in use in naturopathic medical practice in the U.S. Only echinacea, crataegus, black cohosh, passion flower, and poke appeared on anyone’s top ten lists in the accompanying poll, and only echinacea and hawthorne made the top ten in that poll.
  Copyright 2001 Paul Bergner

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