Papaver somniferum Linn. (Latex)

Papaver somniferum Linn
Arabic Name : Ufiyoon, Afyoon, Laban al-khashkhaash
Bengali Name : Aaphim
English Name : Opium
French Name : l’ opium
German Name : Schlafmohn, Mohn, Gartenmohn
Gujarati Name : Afeem
Hindi Name : Afeem
Kannada Name : Aapheem, Aphini
Latin name : Papaver somniferum Linn. (Latex)
Marathi Name : Afu
Persian Name : Afeem
Sanskrit Name : Ahiphena
Urdu Name : Afeem

Description : Opium (Latex) is antispasmodic, antitussive, astringent, expectorant, hypnotic, narcotic, myotic and stimulant. It stimulates the generative organs. Useful in seminal debility, diarrhoea, dysentery, insomnia, sciatica, colic, severe cough and asthma.

Also recommended as an aphrodisiac as it is believed to lengthen the time of seminal discharge during coitus. Also used in combination with other drugs in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

Recommended Dosage : 30 to 125 mg dried latex.

Contraindication : Avoid long term use of opium. Opium is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation.

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