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The healing power of sleeping bulb or poppy

  1. Sleeping bulb is a plant with green leaves from which a white or violet flower grows that then becomes a blue-green bulb. They bloom from June to August. The poppy seeds produced by the bulb are edible and are usually bluish. Sleeping bulb is an excellent example of a plant that is indispensable in mainstream medicine. No better synthetic painkillers have been found, despite all the pharmacological developments of the last centuries. The painkillers morphine and codeene are made from poppy, which have serious side effects. Poppy is also sometimes used in herbal medicine for its analgesic abilities. However, it ranks as one of the most dangerous healing plants on the planet.


  1. Short history of poppy Naming Active substances Prescription only Poppy for pain Opium no longer used for depression and anxiety Opium for diarrhea Dose and safety The intoxication symptoms of opium, morphine and codeine

Short history of poppy

  1. In ancient Greece, the sleeping globe was the symbol of the god of sleep, Morpheus. The Greeks grew poppies to extract the oil, which has only mild narcotic properties. Poppies were imported from Asia 900 BC and only 300 BC it was discovered that the white milky juice is a much stronger anesthetic than the seeds. In the Middle Ages, the seed was still used as a narcotic in medicine. Paracelsus was the one who pointed out around 1500 that the milk juice was much more effective. The English physician Sydenham (1624-1689) was the first to take Paracelsus' advice. In 1803 Deorosne succeeded in preparing a solid from the milk juice, which was called narcotine. In 1832 Robiquet discovered codeine. It was not until around 1700 that the poppy began to be used as a stimulant. It is still smoked in China. That is not nearly as dangerous as injecting under the name heroin, which was invented in the West. As a narcotic in medicine, the poppy is an unparalleled important plant. For recreational use it can pose great dangers, especially heavy addiction. When an addict does not have heroin, he or she feels old, sick, nervous and weak, a feeling that quickly disappears when he or she takes the next shot.


  1. In Latin, sleep globe is called Papaver somniferum. Dutch has a number of alternative names for this medicinal plant: Blauwmaan, Heulbol, Kankerbloem, Klaproos, Eul, Dobbele kolleblomme, Bolpapaver, Papaver and Maankop. Sleeping bulb refers to the sleep inducing properties of poppy. Somniferum consists of Two Latin words 'somni' which means sleep and 'fer' is to bring. Somni fer um literally means 'brings the great sleep'. The name 'cancer flower' probably has to do with the fact that cancer patients in their terminal phase are always given morphine for the severe pain. That also happened in times long past.

Active ingredients

  1. The dried milk juice of poppy is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. This is called opium. This milk juice contains the following substances: morphinan alkaloids, the main alkaloids of morphine and its derivatives such as codeine, thebaine, codeinone, neopine and oripavine, isoquinoline alkaloids including noscapine or narcotine, narceine, nornarceine, narceinimine, laudosamine, codanide, codanide, laudiculine and papaverine. Other alkaloids residing in this plant are: isoboldine, corytuberine, corexemine, canadine, berberine, coptisine, sanguinarine, protopine, cryptopine and allocryptopine. Furthermore, the milk juice of the sleeping bulb contains organic acids such as lactic acid, fumaric acid, oxaloacetic acid and meconic acid.

Prescription only

  1. Opium, the dried milk juice, is a dangerous pain reliever. It should be used only on prescription from a doctor. Doctors keep the dose as low as possible so that there are no or few side effects and a therapeutic effect is noticeable.

Poppy for pain

  1. There are more than 25 opium alkaloids active in the sleeping bulb. These have an analgesic and anesthetic effect. They have a very strong effect on the nervous system. The pain threshold is greatly increased, such that the patient becomes indifferent to pain. In particular, codeine has a reducing effect on the coughing stimulus. Opium and morphine are used for the following pains:

Opium no longer used for depression and anxiety

  1. An opium preparation gives the user a so-called good feeling. It was therefore used to be given to depression patients. People suffering from melancholy and anxiety disorders, possibly related to psychosis, were given opium as a reassuring drug. Women with menopausal complaints were also given opium. This application has been largely abandoned due to its highly addictive properties.

Opium for diarrhea

  1. Opium acts on the digestive system. It is a very strong anti-diarrhea and anti-spasm remedy. It is not used for normal diarrhea; there are enough less dangerous natural medicines for that. Opium is used in some strong forms of diarrhea. These are cases with severe diarrhea and painful cramps. Sometimes diarrhea caused by psychological stress such as fear of the exam is treated with it. The dose of an opium tincture for this treatment is minimal. In infectious diarrhea or dysentery, opium should never be used because the pathogenic substances have to leave the body. Failure to do so could even lead to dangerous consequences.

Dose and Safety

  1. There are a number of ways to use this medicinal plant. This information is only intended to provide people with knowledge but should not be used without a doctor. Unauthorized and improper use of opium as a medicine can be dangerous. This medicine is never given to children.

The intoxication symptoms of opium, morphine and codeine

  1. Opium, morphine and codeine are dangerous poisonous substances which, in excessive amounts, can cause all kinds of intoxication symptoms. In addition, they are addictive substances, which also entails many dangers.

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