Agricultural Research Service - ARS

Dr. Duke's
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

Ethnobotanical uses

Mucuna pruriens DC. (FABACEAE)

Diuretic Burkill,1966; Vermifuge Burkill,1966

Mucuna pruriens (FABACEAE)

Anasarca Eb24: 258; Anodyne Eb24: 258; Antidote(Crocodile) Eb24: 258; Antidote(Scorpion) Eb24: 258; Aphrodisiac Duke,1972, Eb29: 290, Martinez, Standley, Steinmetz; Ascaricide Steinmetz; Asthma Pittier; Bite(Dog) Eb24: 258; Bite(Snake) Pittier; Cancer Eb24: 258; Cholera Duke,1972; Coffee Standley; Cough Eb24: 258; Diarrhea Pittier; Diuretic Liogier; Dropsy Eb24: 258; Dysuria Martinez; Fracture Eb24: 258; Madness Eb24: 258; Medicine Broun; Mumps Pittier; Nervine Steinmetz; Pleuritis Eb24: 258; Resolvent Steinmetz; Ringworm Eb24: 258; Rubefacient Martinez, Steinmetz; Sore Eb24: 258; Syphilis Eb24: 258; Tumor(Abdomen) Hartwell; Vermifuge Brutus, Duke,1972, Eb30: 126, Martinez, Pittier, Standley, Steinmetz, Uphof, 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 16:23:01 EDT 2002

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