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Reference : HB 29

Author(s) : Beloin Nadine , Messanvi Gbeassor, Koffi Akpagana, Jim Hudson, Komlan de Soussa, Kossi Koumaglo & J. Thor Arnason
Title : Ethnomedicinal uses of Momordica charantia (Cucurbitaceae) in Togo and relation to its phytochemistry and biological activity. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 96, pp. 49-55 ( 2005)
Reference HB 29 has information about 1 plants :
Momordica charantia L.
Official name : Momordica charantia L.
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Symptoms : H(014), H(022), H(039), H(046), H(051), H(104), H(201)
Recipes : H(014, 10) skin afflictions (sores, ulcers, burns, cut, rashes, hives and scabies)
H(046, f) viral diseases (chickenpox and measles)
H(051, f) paludism
H(051) fever
H(104, 25 ) gastrointestinal problems (stomach ache, vomiting, ulcers and intestinal worms, diarrhea, colic, dysentery, laxative and purgative), respondents generally used the herbaceous vines (stem and leaf) which are plunged in water (1 handful/pot = approximately 100 g/l) for several hours, then drunk or used for bathing the skin, along with the intertwined vines used as a sponge when necessary
H(022) gynecology (birth, abortion and dysmenorrhoea), The seed is rarely used except for gynecological purposes (delivery, dysmenorrhoea, abortion) in which case they are applied locally
H(039, 1), insect and fungal pests, to soak seeds in water before sowing in order to ward off insect and fungal pests.
H(201, f), Many healers also indicated that the plant has powerful medico-spiritual properties, providing protection against curses, diseases, evil spirits, spells and madness. It is also claimed to aid in obtaining favors. It is claimed to be a purifying plant that is used before the manipulation of sacred objects. The plant is considered a powerful charm to this day and is worn as a necklace, wrist or ankle bracelet or crown at traditional ceremonies. Its name in Mina, the dialect language of the Guin, is ‘guinsika’ (gold of the Guin) or ‘guingbe’ (plant of the Guin). The plant is widely used in traditional ceremonies, including the famous consultation of the oracle named Epe-Ekpe or Ekpessosso, during which a sacred stone is uncovered to predict the fortunes of the coming year
Region : West Africa
Country : Togo
Vernacular name : not registered