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The dried leaves of Salvia officinalis (family Labiatae), garden or meadow sage; it inhibits secretory activity, especially of the sweat glands, and was also formerly used in treatment of bronchitis and inflammation of the throat.
Synonym(s): sage
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Herbal medicine
A perennial evergreen, the leaves of which contain oestrogen-like substances, flavonoids, phenolic acids, tannins and volatile oils (borneol, camphor, cineole, pinene, thujone and others). Sage has a long history of medicinal use and was regarded as a cure-all. It is antibacterial, antispasmodic, carminative and tonic; it has been used for colds, constipation, indigestion, painful menses, hot flashes, as a gargle for sore throat and tonsillitis, and as a poultice for ulcers, sores and skin eruptions. It is believed to improve memory, relax nerves and quell “vicious sexual desires”.

Sage should not be taken during pregnancy or by those with seizures.
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1. A clinical study–Study Assessing Goals in the Elderly.
2. A population-based dataset–Systematic Assessment of Geriatric Drug Use via Epidemiology–that contains data on nursing home Pts and combines information from the MDS–Minimum Data Set and the On-Line Survey & Certification Automated Record. See Geriatrics.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


The plant Salvia officinalis long claimed to promote health and long life, the extract of which (LEMON BALM) has recently shown some promise of improving the state of patients with ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. Cur moriartur homo, ciu salvia crescit in horto? (Why die when you have sage in the garden?)
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