presents to you; Health Benefits of Tobacco you never knew

The tobacco plant, Nicotiana, has probably been responsible for more deaths than any other herb.

Hence, At present, tobacco smoking is causing over 3 million deaths a year worldwide, and if current smoking trends continue the annual mortality will exceed 10 million by around 2030.


The nicotine in tobacco smoke is an appetite suppressant. So, this has been known for centuries, dating back to indigenous cultures in America in the pre-Columbus era.

However, Tobacco companies caught on by 1920 and began targeting women with the lure that smoking would make them thinner.

A study published in the July 2011 issue of the journal Physiology & Behaviour. Furthermore, it is one of many stating that the inevitable weight gain upon quitting smoking is a major barrier in getting people to stop, second only to addiction.

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However, in the days when treatments for many diseases were being sought and herbs of all kinds were considered worth trying, the news of an unfamiliar herb with reputed therapeutic efficacy generated much enthusiasm.

So, tobacco came to feature in a plethora of herbals and pharmacopoeias produced throughout Europe by physicians, botanists, explorers, missionaries and historians.

Moreover, the medicinal uses of tobacco among the indigenous populations of the New World, with eyewitness accounts of its therapeutic application.

Its health benefit applies in general bodily ills, catarrh, colds, and fevers, as an aid to digestion. Also, it prevents hunger and thirst, as a purgative and as a narcotic.

‘Successful’ uses of tobacco as identified by Stewart

  • External Administration

Bites of poisonous reptiles and insects; hysteria; pain, neuralgia; laryngeal spasm; gout; moreover, growth of hair; tetanus; ringworm; rodent ulcer; ulcers; wounds; respiratory stimulant

  • Administration by rectum

Constipation; haemorrhoidal bleeding

  • Administration by mouth

Strangulated hernia (smoke by mouth); malaria or intermittent fever; dislodging obstructive material from oesophagus by inducing vomiting

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