Veratrum album

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Related to Veratrum album: Arsenicum album, Veratrum nigrum

Ve·ra·trum al·'bum

the rhizome has emetic and cathartic actions.

Veratrum album (v·räˑ·trm alˑ·bm),

n a homeopathic preparation of white hellebore, used to treat gushing diarrhea, cramps, vomiting, and cold sweat.


a genus of the Liliaceae family of plants.

Veratrum album
contain alkaloids including protoveratrine, jervine, rubijervine, pseudojervine, veratroidine, veratralbine. Several alkaloids are extracted and used in therapeutic preparations. Poisoning by these plants causes salivation, purgation, vomiting, diuresis, excitability followed by paralysis and recumbency, then convulsions and death. Called also white hellebore, white veratrum, European veratrum.
Veratrum californicum
a poisonous weed which causes a number of congenital abnormalities especially congenital cyclopean deformity, prolonged gestation and absence of the pituitary gland in ruminants. The teratogen is cyclopamine. Called also skunk cabbage, western hellebore, false hellebore, corn-lily.
Veratrum viride
several alkaloid extracts are combined in the preparation alkavir, used as a rumenatoric and a hypotensive agent. Called also green veratrum, green hellebore, American hellebore.
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Veratrum album (White hellebore): Religious and philosophical at an early age.
Veratrum album (white hellebore) treats symptoms of strong nausea and violent vomiting that is exhausting, with chills and sweats.