Panacea (medicine)

The panacea /pænəˈsiːə/, named after the Greek goddess of universal remedy Panacea, is any supposed remedy that is claimed to cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. It was in the past sought by alchemists as a connection to the elixir of life and the philosopher's stone, a mythical substance which would enable the transmutation of common metals into gold.

The Cahuilla people of the Colorado Desert region of California used the red sap of the elephant tree (Bursera microphylla) as a panacea.[1]

The Latin genus name of ginseng is Panax, (or "panacea") reflecting Linnean understanding that ginseng was widely used in traditional Chinese medicine as a cure-all.

A panacea (or panaceum) is also a literary term to represent any solution to solve all problems related to a particular issue. The term panacea is also used in a negative way to describe the overuse of any one solution to solve many different problems especially in medicine.[2]

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  1. ^ Bean, Lowell John and Katherine Siva Saubel, 1972, Temalpakh (From the Earth); Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants, Banning, CA. Malki Museum Press, page 48.

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Azoth was considered to be a universal medication or universal solvent, and was sought for in alchemy. Similar to another alchemical idealized substance, alkahest, azoth was the aim, goal and vision of many alchemical works. Its symbol was the Caduceus. The term, while originally a term for an occult formula sought by alchemists much like the philosopher's stone, became a poetic word for the element mercury. The name is Medieval Latin, an alteration of azoc.

Cure all

Cure all may refer to:

Panacea (medicine), a remedy that is claimed to be able to cure any disease

Cure All, an album by keyboardist Robert Walter

Cure-All, a 19th-century racehorse


An elixir is a clear, sweet-flavored liquid used for medical purposes, to be taken orally and intended to cure one's illness. When used as a pharmaceutical preparation, an elixir contains at least one active ingredient designed to be taken orally.


Heal-all is a common name for the plant Prunella vulgaris

Heal-all may also refer to

Pedicularis canadensis, or high heal-all

Stachys, a genus of plants in the mint family

Panacea (disambiguation)

Panacea is the goddess of healing in Greek mythology.

Panacea may also refer to:

Panacea (medicine), a cure-all, either physical medication or a solution to a problem

Panacea (group), an American hip-hop duo

Panacea, Florida, an unincorporated community in U.S.

Panacea Biotec, an Indian pharmaceutical and health-management research company

Panacea Society, a religious group based in Bedford, England

The Panacea or Mathis Mootz, a German electronic musician, DJ and producer

Panacea (butterfly), a butterfly genus in the subfamily Biblidinae

Panacea, a character in the Asterix series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

Panacea, a section of "The Fountain of Lamneth", a song by Rush

Philosopher's stone

The philosopher's stone, or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, "gold", and ποιεῖν poiēin, "to make") or silver. It is also called the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought goal in alchemy. The philosopher's stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher's stone were known as the Magnum Opus ("Great Work").

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