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The term narcotic originally referred medically to any psychoactive compound with any sleep-inducing properties. The term usually refers to opiates or opioids, which are called narcotic analgesics. The term "narcotic" is believed to have been coined by the Greek physician Galen to refer to agents that numb or deaden, causing loss of feeling or paralysis. Herbs with narcotic agents can be used to soothe intractable pain or to induce anesthesia. Herbs with these agents should be used carefully.
Narcotic Herbs include