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