Abrus precatorius is the scientific name of this creeper plant. The Greek word abrus means delicate and refers to the leaves. Precarius is "a praying person" in Latin and has to do with the seeds as a rosary. The plant is originally from India and has been imported into almost all tropical and subtropical countries; sometimes grown or growing in the wild. This climbing plant with its long stems even rises in the tops of trees. The many stems grow up to six to eight meters long. The other stalks intertwine and form thick fences under which one can shelter. Perhaps, that's the reason behind the name makurį; translated as "mother fence". Ripe makurį seeds are bright red and with a black spot. They are called lucky beans. They are extremely toxic.
The use of herbs and their medicinal effect goes back to the very beginning of our history.
The earliest civilizations already used plants instinctively for both nutrition and healing. Also, the ancient Egyptians practiced herbal medicine - at a particularly high level. The Jewish people know clergymen who heal people with herbs. Around 460 BC, the father of medicine, Hypocrates, works in Greece. The Romans use herbs and flowers in various ways. In China, herbal systems have traditionally been developed for therapies. Native American Shamans and indigenous African cultures use herbs for healing and rituals.
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