rauwolfia :

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  • 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

  • Drugs made from the new plant, rauwolfia sellowi, act on the nervous system like their Indian counterparts, but with a lower toxic effect.
  • The rauwolfia products have been in use for 20 years, have generally been well tolerated in the dosage used by patients, and are inexpensive compared with newer medications for .

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