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Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

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Mirabilis jalapa L. (NYCTAGINACEAE)

Abscess Burkill,1966; Boil Burkill,1966; Carbuncle Burkill,1966; Cosmetic Burkill,1966; Diuretic Burkill,1966; Gonorrhea Burkill,1966; Pimple Burkill,1966; Uterosis Burkill,1966

Mirabilis jalapa (NYCTAGINACEAE)

Abscess Al-Rawi, Woi.Syria; Alterative Steinmetz; Boil Al-Rawi, Woi.Syria; Bruise Altschul, Woi.Syria; Carminative Brutus; Cathartic Steinmetz; Colic Brutus; Cosmetic Bliss, Eb29: 43, Uphof; Diabetes Nas; Diuretic Steinmetz; Dropsy Liogier, Uphof; Hepatitis Brutus; Herpes Liogier; Hydragogue Steinmetz; Hypochondria Liogier; Itch Al-Rawi; Liver Liogier; Pimple Brutus; Poison* Lewis; Purgative Brutus, Duke,1972, FontQuer, Liogier, Martinez, Pittier, Woi.Syria; Rash Eb25: 250; Repellant(Insect) Liogier; Sore Eb25: 250; Splenitis Brutus; Stomachic Brutus; Strain Altschul; Tonic Al-Rawi, Woi.Syria; Tumor Hartwell; Urticaria Woi.Syria; Vermifuge Liogier, Steinmetz; Wound Al-Rawi

* = 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 16:21:57 EDT 2002

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