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For untold centuries the roots and leaves of the shrub, Rauwolfia serpentina and related Rauwolfia species, known in India under a variety of folk names, have occupied a prominent place in Ayruvedic medicine as antidotes against the bites of reptiles, as a remedy for diarrhea and many other ailments, and in the treatment of certain nervous disorders and disturbed mental states. But it has only been within recent years that the brilliant investigations of Indian scientists on the therapeutic usefulness, pharmacologic properties and chemical characteristics of various Rauwolfia preparations attracted the attention of clinicians and investigators in other countries and
Rauwolfia: Botany, Pharmacognosy, Chemistry and Pharmacology.. Ann Intern Med. ;47:847–848. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-4-847_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(4):847-848.
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