Agricultural Research Service - ARS

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Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

Ethnobotanical uses

Physalis angulata (SOLANACEAE)

Analgesic Ayensu; Antidote Altschul; Antiseptic* Eb30: 138, Wong; Asthma Ayensu; Boil Altschul; Cold Altschul; Diarrhea Ayensu; Diuretic Altschul, Bliss, Brutus; Expectorant Bliss; Fever Altschul, Ayensu, Bliss, Brut, Eb30: 138, Wong; Hydropsy Brutus; Indigestion Eb30: 138, Wong; Labor Bliss; Narcotic Ayensu; Nausea Ayensu; Nephritis Eb30: 138, Wong; Ophthalmia Ayensu; Rectitis Eb30: 138, Wong; Rectum Altschul; Sleeping sickness Ayensu; Sterility Ayensu; Stomach Ayensu; Swelling Altschul; Syncope Ayensu; Throat Altschul, Ayensu; Tumor(Testicle) Hartwell

* = 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 16:30:30 EDT 2002

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