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Petiveria alliacea (PHYTOLACCACEAE)

Abortifacient Eb30: 119, Pittier, Uphof, Woi.7, Wong; Ache(Head) Brutus, Duke,1972, Standley; Ache(Tooth) Duke,1972, Standley, Woi.7; Antiseptic Brutus; Aphrodisiac Duke,1972; Bite(Snake) Duke,1972; Caries Pittier; Catarrh Standley; Cold Liogier, Standley; Cold(Head) Eb30: 119, Wong; Counterirritant** Eb30: 119, Wong; Cystitis Eb30: 119, Wong; Decoagulant Eb30: 119, Wong; Depurative Eb30: 119, Liogier, Pittier, Standley, Uphof, Wong; Diuretic Liogier, Standley, Uphof, Woi.7; Dysmenorrhea Eb30: 119, Wong; Ecbolic Duke,1972, Standley; Emmenagogue Duke,1972, Liogier, Standley, Standley,Steyermark, Uphof, Woi.7; Expectorant Liogier, Standley, Uphof, Woi.7; Fever Brutus, Duke,1972, Liogier, Standley; Flu Eb30: 119, Wong; Hysteria Martinez, Standley, Uphof; Insecticide Liogier, Woi.7; Lung Duke,1972; Nerves Martinez, Standley, Uphof, Woi.7; Paralysis Standley; Parturition Duke,1972; Pertussis Woi.7; Piscicide* Lewis; Poison* Lewis; Poison(Arrow) Altschul; Rabies Altschul; Repellant(Bat) Duke,1972, Eb24: 362; Repellant(Insect)* Duke,1972, Standley, Brutus; Rheumatism Martinez, Standley; Rootcanal Pittier; Sedative Brutus; Spasm Brutus, Liogier, Pittier, Standley, Uphof, Woi.7; Sudorific Liogier, Martinez, Pittier, Standley, Uphof, Woi.7; Tumor Hartwell, Martinez; Venereal Eb30: 119, Standley, Wong; Vermifuge Liogier, Pittier, Standley, Uphof, Woi.7; Womb Eb30: 119, Wong

* = Chemical(s) found in plant shown to be effective for the ailment medicated
** = Plant itself shown to be effective for the ailment medicated

Phytochemical Database, USDA - ARS - NGRL, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland
Mon May 20 16:27:54 EDT 2002

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