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Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

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Boerhaavia diffusa FL. MAL. (NYCTAGINACEAE)

Diuretic Philippines; Fever Philippines; Purgative Philippines; Vermifuge Philippines

Boerhaavia diffusa (NYCTAGINACEAE)

Abdomen Eb24: 246; Albuminuria Liogier; Anodyne Ayensu, Eb24: 246; Antidote(Scolopendrid) Eb24: 246; Anus Eb24: 246; Asthma Broun, Duke,1972, Eb28: 22, Liogier, Woi.Syria; Bright's Disease Woi.Syria; Convulsion Ayensu; Depurative Liogier; Diarrhea Liogier; Diuretic Eb25: 247, Liogier, Woi.Syria; Dropsy Broun, Eb28: 22, Woi.Syria; Dysentery Eb24: 246; Dysmenorrhea Ayensu; Emetic Broun, Duke,1972, Li, Woi.Syria; Enteritis Ayensu; Epilepsy Eb24: 246, Liogier; Erysipelas Duke,1972; Expectorant Ayensu, Duke,1972; Fever Ayensu, Eb32:; Fistula Eb24: 246; Gastritis Ayensu; Hysteria Liogier; Jaundice Ayensu, Duke,1972, Liogier; Laxative Ayensu, Broun, Woi.Syria; Malaria Liogier; Nerves Liogier; Prolapse Eb24: 246; Purgative Ayensu; Refrigerant Broun; Smallpox Ayensu; Spasm Liogier; Swelling Broun; Tumor(Abdomen) Hartwell; Yaws Ayensu

* = 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 15:24:03 EDT 2002

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