Gelsemium - Uses and Benefits
Yellow jessamine ,Yellow jasmine, Wild woodbine, Carolina jasmin or Jessamine .
Gelsemium (Yellow jasmine) is a genus of flowering plants member of Gelsemiaceae family . The plant includes three species of shrubs to straggling or twining climbers. Two species are inherent to North America , and one to China & Southeast Asia . Its woody vine, twining stem generally attains great height from 20 - 30 feet, its growth depending upon its chosen support, ascending lofty trees and forming festoons from one tree to another. It is hardy to zone 9. It is in leaf all year. The bell-shaped flowers are very fragrant & blossoms in early spring-in Florida during March, and in Mississippi and Tennessee in May and June. The flowers has both male and female organs and are pollinated by insects. Gelsemium is known by numerous famous names, as Yellow jessamine, Yellow jasmin Carolina jessamine, Carolina jasmin, and Wild woodbine.
Gelsemium is used medicinally as an agent to treat fever , spasmodic disorders, and the pain of neuralgia . . Persons needing gelsemium experience heavy and tremble with exhaustion. They can also be thirsty. Complains come on very slowly, generally when then weather changes from cold to warm . Gelsemium have extremely toxic alkaloid components, and is not in current medical use. Even very little doses may prove lethal.
Uses and Benefits
Gelsemium helps to cure various disorders related to neuralgic pains, especially those involving the facial nerves, generally when arising from decaying teeth. The young root is used to prepare a homeopathic remedy. It is used as a remedy in numerous complaints, including fevers, flu and headaches.
Historically, gelsemium has been used for migraines resulting from excessive cerebral blood flow, insomnia, severe wheezing attacks of asthma, and nerve pain, generally trigeminal neuralgia. Internally it is used in the treatment of neuralgia, migraine, sciatica, toothache, severe pain and meningitis. Externally it has been used as a traditional treatment for cancer.
It has been prescribed and found beneficial in the rehabilitation of spasmodic symptoms, such as whooping cough, asthma and spasmodic croup and some other cases depending upon localized muscular spasm. In convulsions, its effects have been very acceptable.
The roots have analgesic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypnotic, mydriatic, nervine, sedative and vasodilator properties. A powerful depressant of the central nervous system, deadening pain and subsiding spasms . It is said to suspend and hold in check muscular irritability and nervous excitement with more force and power than any known treatment. While it eases all the muscles, it relieves, by its action on the general system, all sense of pain.
Excessive doses cause respiratory depression, giddiness, double vision , paralyze the spinal cord and cause almost complete loss of muscular power and death. It should not be recommended for patients with heart disease, hypo tension or myasthenia gravis.
All parts of the herb generally contain toxic compounds , related to strychnine, which exists in all parts of the plant. Eating just one flower has reportedly been lethal to children. The plant can also produce some skin allergies in individual and it is possible that the plant toxins can be absorbed through the skin, especially if there are cuts or injury.
Sign & symptoms can include nausea, sweating, muscular weakness, dilated pupils, lowered temperature, and convulsions. Accidental intake of the herb under any circumstances warrants emergency treatment.
Homeopathic capsules or tablets should be used as often as needed to keep the symptoms away. Once the symptoms have entrenched , stop using the medication. Normally,2 capsules in a day are suggested for adults and 1 capsule in a day for children.
The effects of phenacetin & aspirin may be heighten by gelsemium.
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