Agricultural Research Service - ARS

Dr. Duke's
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

Ethnobotanical uses

Theobroma cacao (STERCULIACEAE)

Alopecia Pittier; Antiseptic Duke,1972, Eb29: 293; Bite(Snake) Standley; Burn Duke,1972, Liogier; Coffee Uphof; Cough Eb33: 326; Dentifrice Eb33: 326; Diuretic* Liogier; Dry-Lip Liogier; Emmenagogue Woi.1; Eye Duke,1972, Eb29: 293; Kidney Liogier; Liqueur Duke,1972, Uphof; Listlessness Eb29: 293; Parasiticide Eb29: 293; Parturition Duke,1972; Pilatory Pittier; Poison* Lewis; Pregnancy Eb29: 293; Rheumatism Brutus; Suppository-Base Takeda; Wound Duke,1972, Martinez, Standley

* = 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 16:40:26 EDT 2002

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