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Damiana, False

Botanical: Aplopappus laricifolius
Family: N.O. Compositae

---Synonyms---Aplopappus. Bigelovia Veneta.
---Part Used---The leaves.
---Habitat---Chili.


---Description---The U.S.D. refers to Aplopappus discoideus as False Damiana. Gray refers to it as Bigelovia Veneta.

---Constituents---A volatile oil, also a fatty oil which has the smell of the plant, brown acid, resin, tannin. The resin is peculiar in containing other resins.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---It is used as a stimulant in flatulent dyspepsia and chronic inflammation with haemorrhage of the lower bowel. It is very useful in dysentery and in genito-urinary catarrh and as a stimulant expectorant; the tincture is useful for slowly healing ulcers.

---Preparations and Dosages---A strong decoction is made by 1 part to 5 of water. 1 tablespoonful as a dose every two hours. Dose of the fluid extract, 5 to 20 minims.

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