INSIGHTS | 12. Vincetoxicum hirundinaria for Common Colds
My wife recently returned from a trip to South America, and brought with her a box of over-the-counter cold remedy called Engystol.
My wife recently returned from a trip to South America, and brought with her a box of over-the-counter cold remedy called Engystol - marketed towards boosting immune function and fighting flu-like infections.
I admit ignorance on this interesting formulation - so I started reading.
First, what is Engystol made of?
So, What is Vincetoxium hirundinaria?
The name of this plant comes from Latin. Vincetoxicum means 'conqueror of poison,' and hirundinaria means 'swallow.' This plant is colloquially known as swallow-wort.
The history is far more interesting, because this plant has been used as an antidote to snake venom...whilst simultaneously alleged to be venomous itself.
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