Agricultural Research Service - ARS

Dr. Duke's
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

Ethnobotanical uses

Bixa orellana (BIXACEAE)

Ache(Head) Standley; Antidote Liogier, Martinez, Standley; Aphrodisiac Duke,1972, Eb24: 355, Standley; Astringent Duke,1972, Standley, Steinmetz; Burn Martinez, Standley; Cancer Hartwell; Coloring Takeda; Cordial Duke,1972; Cosmetic Eb29: 286, Steinmetz, Woi.1; Depurative Eb25: 247; Diabetes Eb30: 132, Wong; Diuretic Martinez, Standley; Douche Liogier; Dysentery Duke,1972, Martinez, Standley; Epilepsy Standley; Erysipelas Standley; Excitant Standley; Fainting Eb25: 247; Fever Brutus, Duke,1972, Liogier, Standley; Flu Eb30: 132, Wong; Gonorrhea Martinez; Hair-Oil Woi.1; Inflammation Martinez; Jaundice Eb30: 132, Wong; Kidney Duke,1972; Malaria Standley; Oliguria Eb30: 132, Wong; Parasiticide Woi.1; Purgative Martinez; Refrigerant Martinez; Repellant(Insect)* Standley, Liogier; Stomachic Martinez; Stomatitis Eb25: 247; Styptic Steinmetz; Throat Standley; Tumor Hartwell; Unguent Standley; Venereal Eb30: 132, Standley, 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 15:21:57 EDT 2002

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