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  • n. Plural form of tonic.


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  • Unlike drugs, many herbs are taken as tonics, that is, like many vitamins, they can be used primarily to maintain good health.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • REMEMBER all tonics are bitter, therefore beware of any so-called tonics that the animals eat readily as these possess no real tonic values.

    The Veterinarian

  • The so-called tonics owed their chief virtue to their stimulating effect, which was due to the alcohol they contained and which in many instances practically equaled ordinary whisky in quality, quantity, and effect.

    The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4) A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies

  • Careful analyses by boards of health and government chemists of a great number of advertised medicines have shown that three-fourths of the so-called tonics and "bitters" and "bracers" of all sorts contain alcohol -- some of them in such large amounts as to be stronger and more intoxicating than whiskey.

    A Handbook of Health

  • From the foregoing it will have become clear that the stimulating effect of alcohol and of many so-called tonics depends upon their power to clear the circulation temporarily of uric and other acids.

    Nature Cure

  • Hence they have been said to brace the body, and been called tonics, which are mechanical terms not applicable to the living bodies of animals; as explained in Sect.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Due to the lack of government drug inspection and regulation during this era, patent medicines and medical treatments such as tonics, tablets and electrical body belts are well represented - University of Washington Libraries

    January 2009

  • Well into the 19th century, most medications were prescribed as "tonics" for the patient's general condition.


  • Those of you who know about the 19th and early 20th century may also know that medicinal "tonics" most of which were laced with opium, cocaine, and other potent substances were hugely popular.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Could the true history of these widely used medicines be written, it would undoubtedly show that many drunkards were started on their downward career by medicinal doses of these "tonics" and "bracers."

    The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)


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