Pinkroot Pipssisewa Pitcher plant Plantain
Pleurisy root Polypore fungus Prickly ash Psoralea
Psyllium (see Plantain)
Purple coneflower Pygeum
Lophophora williamsii Pinus spp. Ananas comosus
Plantago ovata and other Plantago spp.
Asclepias tuberosa Grifola umbellata Zanthoxylum americanum Psoralea corylifolia
Cucurbita pepo Tribulus terrestris
Echinacea purpurea Pygeum africanum
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
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)
Liquid from roots boiled in water used in treatment of respiratory problems
(pieces inserted in cavities); liquid infusion drunk for venereal diseases
Flavonoids used in Chinese medicine to facilitate relief of urinary tract problems
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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