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Combretum

Botanical: Combretum sundaicum (MIF.)
Family: N.O. Combretaceae Myrobalans

---Synonym---Jungle Weed.
---Parts Used---Roasted leaves, stalks.
---Habitat---Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, and the tropical regions of both Hemispheres


---Description---Leaves odourless, taste astringent.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---The leaves and stalks roasted have long been used in China in the form of a decoction, as a cure for the opium habit, the daily dose of opium is added to a decoction of the leaves and the patient is given 1 fluid ounce of the mixture every four hours.

---Constituents---Combretum contains a large proportion of tannic acid and traces of a glucoside.

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