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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Medicinal Plants

Poppy

by Kathy Morton Stanion

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Art: Poppy by Artist Kathy Morton Stanion
Poppy is one of the most important medicinal plants. Traditionally, the dry opium was considered an astringent, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, expectorant, hypnotic, narcotic, and sedative. Poppy has been used against toothaches and coughs. The ability of opium from poppy to serve as an analgesic is well known. Opium and derivatives of opium are used in the pharmaceutical industry as narcotic analgesics, hypnotics, and sedatives. These compounds are also used as antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, and antitussives). Opium and the drugs derived from opium are addictive and can have toxicological effects.

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