An emetic herb is used to induce vomiting. Emetic herbs are administered when a harmful substance is ingested, so as to expel it immediately from the body. By inducing vomiting, the substance is removed before it is absorbed into the body.

There are two types of emetics:

  • Gastric emetics are taken orally, and work by irritating the mucus membranes lining the stomach
  • Systemic emetics induce vomiting indirectly by acting on the brain center that controls vomiting

Emetic Herbs

  • Bayberry (Myrica cerifera)
  • Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
  • Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula)
  • Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)
  • Mistletoe (Viscum album)
  • Mustard (Brassica nigra)
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