Mark Tierno's Medicinal Herbs Database

    Ipecac (Ipecacuanha)
Botanical Name   Psychotria ipecacuanha, Cephaelis ipecacuanha
System Affected   gums, teeth, expectorant, persperation, amebicidal
Properties   gums, teeth: pyorrhea, gum shrinking, tooth inflamation/loosening (mouthwash) Internally: increase persperation (dilate blood vessels) expectorant inflamation of internal mucous membranes, dysentery kills amoebas (30 drops tincture)
Description   root of herb
Origin   tropics
Notes   mouthwash: 1oz powdered root w/1pint hot water
Toxicity   vomiting if take > than internal dose
Dosage   internal: 1/2tsp in mouthwash solution

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