Tag Archive | medicinal herbs

A Tree Stands in the Desert….

A Saudi desert expert recently told me about an unusual tree that grows near the old town of ‘Ain Dar, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. More than a decade ago, there were two of these trees there; only one has survived. The tree is four or five meters tall, and local lore maintains that it […]

Hunayn ibn Ishaq on the Hidden Drugs of Galen – Part I

Arabic bibliographers in the Middle Ages reported the existence of a pharmacological work called Al-Adwiya al-Maktuma (“The Hidden Drugs”) written originally by the great Greco-Roman physician Galen and commented upon by the celebrated Arabic translator and scientist Hunayn ibn Ishaq. No copies of the Arabic treatise were known to exist. Eventually a Latin translation of […]