Using Poison Ivy as a Medicine

December 4, 2014 4:20 PM

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Someone I know once told me that as a child she rubbed poison ivy all over herself in order to avoid having to go to school. Needless to say the tactic worked--too well--and she wound up missing several days of school. But did you know that poison ivy has been successfully used as a therapeutic substance for more than a hundred years?

Ask any person familiar with homeopathy and they can tell you about the positive health benefits of Rhus toxicodendron. The Latin name refers to the genus and species of the poison ivy plant. In homeopathic parlance, it is commonly referred to as Rhus tox. Both conventional and homeopathic researche...

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