Tree Celandine

(Bocconia frutescens) A small tree from central America south to Peru. The Totonac use it for ringworm of the scalp, the leaves being soaked in alcohol and the affected parts bathed; it is also used for tuberculosis, when the leaves are boiled and the liquid drunk, or as a bath (Kelly & Palerm). A root infusion is used to treat jaundice and oedema in Colombia, while in Mexico the same infusion is used to cure warts and ophthalmia (Usher). The bark contains an alkaloid that has been used as an anaesthetic by Mexican surgeons (Perry. 1972).

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