Crocus sativus

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Chinese medicine
A herb, the flower of which contains crocetin; it is used as an antispasmodic, alterative and cardiotonic, and is believed be an aphrodisiac. Saffron has been used to treat anaemia, cardiovascular disease (hypertension, palpitations and tachycardia), delayed menses, obstetrical problems and muscle spasms. 

Herbal medicine
Saffron is used in Western herbal medicine much in the same way as Chinese medicine.
In extreme excess, saffron has caused death in women who have used it as an abortifacient.

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Satiereal, a Crocus sativus L extract, reduces snacking and increases satiety in a randomized placebo-controlled study of mildly overweight, healthy women.
Effects of Crocus sativus stigma extract and its constituents, crocin and safranal, on intact memory and scopolamine-induced learning deficits in rats performing the Morris water maze task.
The domesticated saffron crocus, Crocus sativus, is an autumn-flowering perennial plant unknown in the wild.
Increased crocin production and induction frequency of stigma-like-structure from floral organs of Crocus sativus by precursor feeding.
Crocus sativus is probably derived from the wild species C.
Saffron, a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus L.
A 22-week, multicenter, randomized, double blind controlled trial of Crocus sativus in the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.
At 6 weeks, the saffron subjects showed significantly better outcomes on the Hamilton depression rating scale than placebo, indicating "the efficacy of Crocus sativus [saffron] in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.
Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, is harvested from the stigmas of Crocus Sativus - no reason why you shouldn't grow your own and save some money
DIY it Good idea PLANT crocus sativus and you can grow your own saffron.
Effects of crocus sativus petals' extract on rat blood pressure and on responses induced by electrical field stimulation in the rat isolated vas deferens and guinea-pig ileum.