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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Stepping back into the past...
Yesterday, I was off on an adventure to Guthrie's Drug Store Museum. Now, you might be wondering why I would be so excited about a drug store museum. As it happens, botanical medicine was used largely in conventional medicine in the 19th century and early 20th century. The museum was filled with old botanical medicines, tonics, homeopathic medicines, medical equipment and drugs.
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific, nonprofit group that sets the standards for medications; these are standards currently used by over 140 countries. It began in 1820, and at that time, it consisted mainly of botanical medicines and natural substances. In the early 20th century, it also set standards for vitamins. Much has changed in the pharmacopeia since those times. (Reference: http://www.usp.org/dietary-supplements/overview)
Advertising and claims for these historic medicines were not regulated as they are now, so the bottles and ads are quite fascinating to read...and not always quite accurate. If you find yourself north of Oklahoma City, I invite you to venture to downtown Guthrie and explore it for yourself.