St. Johns Wort
Hypericum is derived from greek, meaning "over
Herb Sanctii loannis
name "hypericum" refers to the belief that the herb
had obnoxious qualities which caused all evil spirits to fly away
after just one whiff of it. it was believed to purify the air.
full flower on St. Johns' Day (24 June) ,it is known as the Herb
of St. John the Baptist.
Europe and Western Asia. Naturalized in Americas and Australasia.
volatile oil, called "red oil"
a red pigmented
a polyphenolic flavonoid
tannin (8-9% in the whole herb and 16% in the flower)
dried flowering plant:
nervine used for dysentery
for the suppression
externally to dispel hard tumors
violet red dye for silk or
recent studies suggest an immune-
stimulant which may prevent AIDS
If eaten by light-skinned animals it may
cause photosensitization leading to swelling of the face, irritation of
unpigmented areas, possible death.
** What is ecchymosis?Check my 1983 Encyclopaedia and
Dictionary of medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health (Miller and Keane)
( ek"i-mo'sis) pl. ecchymoses (Gr) a hemmhoragic
spot, larger than a petechia*, in the skin or mucous membrane, forming a
non-elevated, rounded or irregular, blue or purplish patch,
That's funny- I do not know what size a petechia is, or , for
that matter, what it is. My dictionary says:
purplish-red spot caused by intradermal or
submucous hemmhorage,which later turns blue or yellow.
Now you know, for what the investigation was worth. Your doctor
probably calls them blue blobs on the skin, for all I know!
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