Passiflora spp. – Passion Flower

Passiflora spp. – Passion Flower
FAMILY: Passifloraceae GENUS: Passiflora SPECIES: Caerulea, Edulis, Foetida, Incarnata, Involucrata, Jorullensis, Laurifolia, Quadrangularis, Rubra COMMON NAMES: Passionflowers, Passion Fruits, Flos Passionis, Granadilla Passiflora as a genus covers over four hundred...

Nicotiana rustica – Mapucho

Nicotiana rustica – Mapucho
FAMILY: Solanaceae GENUS: Nicotiana SPECIES: Rustica COMMON NAMES: Mapucho, Andumucua (Tarascan), Aztec Tobacco, Ch’aque Khuri (Quechua), C’jama Saire (Aymara), K’ta Tobaco (Quechua), K’uru (Aymara), Makucho (Huichol),...

Mucuna pruriens – Cowhage

Mucuna pruriens – Cowhage
FAMILY: Leguminosae-Papilionaceae GENUS: Mucuna SPECIES: Pruriens COMMON NAMES: Cowhage, Akushi (Bengali), Chiikan (Mayan), Demar Pirkok (Cuna), Huacawuru (Shipibo), Itchweed, Jeukboontje (Dutch), Kiwach (Hindi, ‘bad to rub’), Ojo de Vaca (Spanish,...

Mimosa hostilis – Jurema Tree

Mimosa hostilis – Jurema Tree
FAMILY: Leguminosae GENUS: Mimosa SPECIES: Hostilis, Tenuiflora COMMON NAMES: Jurema Tree, Tepescohuite, Cabrero (‘goatherd’), Carbon (‘charcoal’) The Mimosa hostilis plant is a bushy tree that can grow up to 8 meters in height. It has short,...

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
What are MAOIs? MAOI stands for monoamine oxidase inhibitor.  In order to understand what an MAOI is, we must first understand what monoamine oxidase (MAO) is.  MAO is an enzyme which oxidizes, thereby breaking down, certain compounds to prevent them from reaching...
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