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Peruvian balsam

Peyote Pine


Pinkroot Pipssisewa Pitcher plant Plantain

Pleurisy root Polypore fungus Prickly ash Psoralea

Psyllium (see Plantain)


Puncture vine

Purple coneflower Pygeum

Mentha piperita

Perilla frutescens

Diospyros virginiana

Myroxylon balsamum

Lophophora williamsii Pinus spp. Ananas comosus

Spigelia marilandica

Chimaphila umbellata

Sarracenia purpurea

Plantago ovata and other Plantago spp.

Asclepias tuberosa Grifola umbellata Zanthoxylum americanum Psoralea corylifolia

Cucurbita pepo Tribulus terrestris

Echinacea purpurea Pygeum africanum

Plantago ovata

Psyllium Quassia Rauvolfia1

Rauvolfia1 yunnanensis (see Yunnan rauvolfia)

Picraea excelsa, Quassia amara Rauvolfia serpentina

Peppermint oil is used to alleviate symptoms of respiratory infections and inflammation

Seeds are the source of perilla oil, which is exceptionally rich in omega-3 fatty acids essential to cardiac health

Liquid from boiled fruit used as an astringent; fruits with high beta-carotene content; leaves have high vitamin C content

Resin obtained from scorched or incised tree trunks is used as an antiseptic on burns, wounds, and hemorrhoids

Alcoholic extract of plant used as an antibiotic

Pycnogenols extracted from bark have powerful antioxidant properties Bromelain extracted from pineapple decreases clumping of blood platelets and fibrin, thereby improving circulation; bromelain also accelerates healing and can relieve pain, all without the side effects of aspirin, which is widely used for the same purposes; repeatedly chewing or holding fresh pineapple in the mouth may cure mouth ulcers Powdered root very effective in expulsion of roundworms from intestinal tract

Native Americans steeped plant in water and used liquid to draw out blisters

Native Americans used root widely as smallpox cure (records indicate it was effective)

(Not related to banana-like plantains.) Seed husks (known as psyllium) absorb water and are widely used in bulking laxatives; said to lower LDL cholesterol levels;

Liquid from roots boiled in water used in treatment of respiratory problems

All parts enhance kidney and bladder function; also believed to have anticancer immune system-boosting properties

Bark and berries widely used by Native Americans for toothache

(pieces inserted in cavities); liquid infusion drunk for venereal diseases

Flavonoids used in Chinese medicine to facilitate relief of urinary tract problems

Seed oil used to promote prostate health

Plant extracts believed to elevate testosterone levels and promote muscle gain in men and to elevate estrogen levels in women Plant extracts used to boost the immune system Bark extracts used to promote shrinkage of benign swelling of the prostate gland in men; there is evidence that a combination of pygeum and stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) can significantly reduce urgency for night urination Ground seed husks absorb water and function as a bulking laxative; lowers LDL cholesterol levels

Wood extracts used as pinworm remedy and as insecticides

Reserpine obtained from roots; drug used in treatment of mental illness and in counteracting effects of LSD

1. Frequently misspelled Rauwolfia.

Useful and Poisonous Plants, Fungi, an d A! gae

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