Lilly & Co Ergot Fluid Extract

Ergot is a fungus that lives on rye and other grasses and is pathogenic to its host as well as to humans and other animals that ingest it. Ergot is also a great source for the art of healing and the pharmaceutical industry.

Like most great pharmacological resources, ergot is a powerful poison. More specifically, many ergot alkaloids have a poisonous effect on the central nervous system, interfering heavily with neurotransmitter function. And here also lies the great promise of ergot as medicine.

Ergot is an old member of the materia medica. It has been used in traditional medicine and it has been scientifically studied for more than 50 years. Among those studying ergot and its derivatives was the Swiss chemist Albert Hofman whose experiments let to the discovery of LSD, an ergot derivative that strongly interferes with the neurotransmitter serotonin.

In the field of conventional medicine, ergot derivatives are nowadays mostly used for their potential to enhance another neurotransmitter, dopamine. A dopamine deficiency is a common grave medical condition, Parkinson's Disease.

While the ergot derivative LSD is used almost exclusively as recreational drug with practically no use in conventional medicine, dopamine enhancing ergot derivatives are sold in pharmacies around the world. The most common ergot prescription drug is probably Sandoz' Parlodel (bromocriptine by generic name). Even though it's very much a conventional medication, bromocriptine and other dopamine enhancing ergot derivatives have a clear potential as life-style drugs. Not all, but many ergot-based medications for Parkinson's Disease have a profound sexuality enhancing (side) effect. - Ergot.org

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