from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical trees and shrubs of the genus Rauvolfia, especially R. serpentina, of southeast Asia, the root of which is the source of tranquilizing alkaloid drugs such as reserpine.
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- n. Any of several small trees and shrubs, of the genus Rauwolfia, that yields materials of medical use
- n. Any of a group of alkaloida extracted from these trees
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gamopetalous plants of the order Apocynaceæ, the dogbane family, tribe Plumerieæ, and type of the subtribe Rauwolfieæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several alkaloids extracted from the shrub Rauwolfia serpentina
- n. any shrub or small tree of the genus Rauwolfia having leaves in whorls and cymose flowers; yield substances used medicinally especially as emetics or purgatives or antihypertensives
I say, get medicine back under traditional scientific authority -- the science of all men everywhere that has incorporated such foreign discoveries as rauwolfia, L-dopa and acupuncture without the accompanying bogus voodoo ideologies and superstitions.
At about the same time, a second class of “tranquilizers”—the rauwolfia alkaloids or reserpine, which was marketed as Serpasil by Ciba Pharmaceutical entered practice, and they were followed by the development of such antidepressants as iproniazid and imipramine.
For high blood pressure, the root of rauwolfia vomitoria has been a staple in the African pharmacy for centuries.