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Study of two plants used in traditional medicine in Zimbabwe for skin problems and rheumatism: Dioscorea sylvatica and Urginea altissima

Published inJournal of ethnopharmacology, vol. 75, p. 51-53
Publication date2001
Abstract

Two plants used in Zimbabwean traditional medicine, Dioscorea sylvatica (Dioscoreaceae) and Urginea altissima (Liliaceae), produce mild inflammation and itching when rubbed on the skin. Investigations of the causes of these cutaneous reactions showed that raphides of calcium oxalate are, at least in part, responsible for the effects. Histamine could not be detected.

Keywords
  • urginea altissima
  • dioscorea sylvatica
  • traditional medicine
  • skin
  • calcium oxalate
  • contact dermatitis
  • irritation
  • nettle
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COGNE, A.L. et al. Study of two plants used in traditional medicine in Zimbabwe for skin problems and rheumatism: Dioscorea sylvatica and Urginea altissima. In: Journal of ethnopharmacology, 2001, vol. 75, p. 51–53. doi: 10.1016/s0378-8741(00)00347-0
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