Nymphaea cults in ancient Egypt and the New World: a lesson in empirical pharmacology

Bertol, Elisabetta; Fineschi, Vittorio; Karch, Steven B.; Mari, Francesco; Riezzo, Irene
February 2004
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Feb2004, Vol. 97 Issue 2, p84
Academic Journal
The article offers information about the history of the effectiveness of the apomorphine-containing plants in treating erectile dysfunction. Apomorphine-containing plants include nymphaea caerulea and nymphaea ampla which has a white flower and similar alkaloid content that grows along the lakes and rivers. Reportedly, the isolation of the psychoactive apomorphine from nymphaea species has been used as hallucinogen during religious rites and was found effective in curing impotency.


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