February 11, 2016


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What other names is Ergot known by?

Claviceps purpurea, Cockspur Rye, Cornezuelo, Ergot de Seigle, Hornseed, Mai Jiao, Mother of Rye, Secale Cornutum, Smut Rye, Spurred Rye.

What is Ergot?

Ergot is a fungus that occurs on rye. Ergot derivatives are available in a standardized form in prescription medicines.

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  • Reducing bleeding in childbirth, assisting delivery, menstrual pain, and other conditions.

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