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Absorbtion (pharmacokinetics)
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:36:33 AM »
When looking to make home remedies for internal medicines (not topical, i.e. salves & poultices) , it is good to consider absorption as a factor for how best to get the plant chemicals into the bloodstream. Most people only consider digestion as a means of absorption, i.e. taking a pill or drinking an herbal tea.  However many promising compounds found in plants are volatile to stomach acid and require large concentrations of the chemical for effectiveness as much of its potency is destroyed by the stomach acid or simply not absorbed well in the stomach or intestines. Not withstanding intravenous injection, some other methods of absorption to consider are:

1. Inhalation (smoking, vaporizing) - the fasted route of absorption.
2. Sublingual (holding under the tongue) - good for fat soluble chemicals
3. Buccal (between gum and lip
4. Nasal (in the nose)
5. Intravaginal
6. Rectal (supository)
7. ophthalmic (eye drops)
8. otic (ear drops)

It's a good idea to learn about the different needs of preparation and administering to help in determining which route of administration you should take.