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Reference : HY 06

Author(s) : Yamada, T.
Title : A report on the ethnobotany of the Nyindu in the eastern part of the former Zaïre African Study Monographs,20(1): 1-72, June 1999
Reference HY 06 has information about 226 plants :
Acanthus sp.
Official name : Acanthus sp.
Family : Acanthaceae
Symptoms : H(113)
Recipes : H(113) painful knee, The leaf of Acanthus sp. is used as medicine for pains in the knee; cut a little around the painful part of the knee, then rub on it the juice extracted from smashed leaves
(This plant is known by 6 to 8 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : itoobu (Kinyindu)
Achyranthes aspera L.
Official name : Achyranthes aspera L.
Family : Amaranthaceae
Synonyms : Achyranthes annua Dinter , Achyranthes indica (L.) Mill. , Achyranthes aspera var. sicula L. , Achyranthes obovata Peter.
Symptoms : H(018)
Recipes : H(018) headaches, leaves of Achyranthes aspera (A0) usage that seems to be fairly common
(This plant is known by 6 to 8 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : jologoshi njooshi (Kinyindu)
Adenia rumicifolia Engl. var. rumicifolia
Official name : Adenia rumicifolia Engl. var. rumicifolia
Family : Passifloraceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) + H(203), Used as kiho, a medicine for the field; when cultivating a field for the first time, place the whole herb of Gynura ruwenzoriensis (meejinbwefwe) together with Adenia rumicifolia var. rumicifolia (luwambala bahasha) in the center of a field, then pray for a good harvest; it was done formerly
H(201) edicine for the delivery of twins, dawa ya mapasha; when a woman is delivered of twins, she has to wear this herbaceous vine around her neck and shoulder, and her baby has to make sit on the ring made of the vine
H(201) spirit possession (mwenda wazimu), pound the root to extract the juice, and drink the juice 3 times a day, or apply it to his body. An illness of mwenda wazimuis classified into 2 types; one is caused by a black magic of some evil minded, the other is actual madness; people consider that the latter type can never be cured
(This plant is known by 3 to 5 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : luwambala bahasha (Kinyindu)
Adenostemma perrottetii DC.
Official name : Adenostemma perrottetii DC.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(001), H(022), H(103)
Recipes : H(001) pain in the eye; pound the leaves of Adenostemma perrottetii and pour the extract to the eye
H(022) pains in the abdomen after the delivery "kasisita", pound the leaves of Adenostemma perrottetii, soak them in the water and drink the liquid
H(103) toothache, pound the leaves and put them on the tooth
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kishindaboga (Kinyindu)
Adenostemma sp.
Official name : Adenostemma sp.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(027v), H(027y), H(104)
Recipes : H(104) abdominal pain, pound the leaves of Adenostemma sp. and drink the extract
H(027v) childbirth is delayed; pound leaves, soak them in the water and make the mother drink the liquid
H(027y) Used for a postnatal woman; make her drink the juice
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kishindaboga ya maji (Kinyindu)
Agauria salicifolia (Comm. ex Lam.) Hook.f. ex Oliv.
Official name : Agauria salicifolia (Comm. ex Lam.) Hook.f. ex Oliv.
Family : Ericaceae
Synonyms : Agauria polyphylla Baker
Symptoms : H(013), H(219), H(239)
Recipes : H(013) boils or pimples, (dawa ya upele); the water mixed with pounded leaves of Agauria salicifolia is applied to the boils, then the whole body is felt very hot; but in two or three days the boils are cured;
H(239) The wood is used for firewood
H(219) the wood is also used for the pillar of a house
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kijoojoo (Kinyindu)
Ageratum conyzoides L.
Official name : Ageratum conyzoides L.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(003), H(004), H(022), H(027y)
Recipes : H(003), H(004) swelling in the leg or hand due to wounds (mulaha), pound the leaves of Ageratum conyzoides and apply the extract to the affected parts
H(022) childbirth is delayed; pound leaves, soak them in the water and make the mother drink the liquid
H(027y) postnatal woman; make her drink the juice of pounded leaves and apply the residue to her body
(This plant is known by 6 to 8 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : mukulaushigi; mukulauduf (Kinyindu)
Albizia sp.
Official name : Albizia sp.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(138), H(219), H(239)
Recipes : H(138) "kashemelangwa" when they build a new settlement, Albizia sp. "mushebeiye" is planted together with a Albizia sp. "mushebeiye" beside a house toprevent a thunderbolt
H(219) the trunk is also used as a house post
H(239) The wood is used for firewood
(This plant is known by 1 to 2 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kashemelangwa (Kinyindu)
Alchornea cordifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) Müll. Arg.
Official name : Alchornea cordifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) Müll. Arg.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms : Alchornea cordata Benth.
Symptoms : H(150)
Recipes : H(150) pains in the leg, "dawa ya migulu" the decoction of the bark of Alchornea cordifolia is rubbed onto the ached part
H(239) woody vine is used for firewood
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : lufuse; kifuse (Kinyindu)
Alchornea cordifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) Müll. Arg.
Official name : Alchornea cordifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) Müll. Arg.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms : Alchornea cordata Benth.
Symptoms : V(095)
Recipes : V(095) fruit of Alchornea cordifolia is eaten by birds named as "kabuka"
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : lufuse; kifuse (Kinyindu)
Alectra sessiliflora (Vahl) Kuntze
Official name : Alectra sessiliflora (Vahl) Kuntze
Family : Scrophulariaceae
Symptoms :
Recipes : H(104) abdominal pain; burn the herb of Alectra sessiliflora into ashes; cut a little around the navel, and apply the ashes there
(This plant is known by 6 to 8 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : mweenii; mwenic (Kinyindu)
Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis (Benth.) Hepper
Official name : Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis (Benth.) Hepper
Family : Scrophulariaceae
Symptoms : H(018)
Recipes : H(018) headaches, burn this herb of Asystasia gangetica (ningologoshi mwanamke) into ashes together with herbs of Alectra sessiliflora var. Senegalensis (lubenji lukono) and Bidens pilosa (nihasha ), chicken’s head and its blood, cut a little around the head of a patient, and rub the ashes into the cut
(This plant is known by 3 to 5 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : mubenji ulilugono; lubenji lukono (Kinyindu)
Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis (Benth.) Hepper
Official name : Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis (Benth.) Hepper
Family : Scrophulariaceae
Symptoms : H(018)
Recipes : H(018) headache, cut a little around the head and rub the ashes of burned leaves of Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis there
H(104) abdominal pain "tumbu anakata" cut a little around the navel and rub well the ashes of burned leaves there.
(This plant is known by 3 to 5 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : mubenji ulilugono; lubenji lukono (Kinyindu)
Allophylus sp.
Official name : Allophylus sp.
Family : Sapindaceae
Symptoms : H(051)
Recipes : H(051) fever, crumple the leaf of Allophylus sp. and apply it to the nose for sniffing
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Amaranthus viridis L.
Official name : Amaranthus viridis L.
Family : Amaranthaceae
Symptoms : H(095)
Recipes : H(095) A leaf of Amaranthus (nboga) viridis is good in taste and eaten as a side dish
H(095) leaves of Amaranthus viridis (kijele) are eaten as vegetables;(B3) (leaves are eaten as a side dish for ugali (porridge)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : nboga, kijele (Kinyindu)
Amorphophallus sp.
Official name : Amorphophallus sp.
Family : Araceae
Symptoms : H(104)
Recipes : H(104) abdominal ailment; boil the root of Amorphophallus sp. (kifunyukya kabile) in the water and use the liquid as an enema
(This plant is known by 1 to 2 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kifunyukya kabile (Kinyindu)
Ancylobotrys petersiana (Klotzsch) Pierre
Official name : Ancylobotrys petersiana (Klotzsch) Pierre
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(095), H(238)
Recipes : H(095) The fruit of Ancylobotrys petersiana is edible;
H(238) (C8) People can obtain gum from the sap;
(This plant is known by 1 to 2 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kagatta (Kinyindu)
Andropogon gayanus Kunth
Official name : Andropogon gayanus Kunth
Family : Poaceae
Symptoms : H(219), H(222x)
Recipes : H(222x) leaves of Andropogon gayanus are always used to squeeze out the juice from a mixture of banana and water for making banana wine "kashikish"
H(219) this grass is a kind of "bukkele", which is a general name for thatching grasses
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : kadahya (Kinyindu)
Aneilema spekei C.B. Clarke
Official name : Aneilema spekei C.B. Clarke
Family : Commelinaceae
Symptoms : H(001)
Recipes : H(001) spot in the eyes, crumple the flower of Aneilema spekei and drop it in the spot, reciting a spell to make the spot take away
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : miteeja (Kinyindu)
Aneilema umbrosum (Vahl) Kunth subsp. umbrosum
Official name : Aneilema umbrosum (Vahl) Kunth subsp. umbrosum
Family : Commelinaceae
Symptoms : H(001)
Recipes : H(104) abdominal pain and a pain in the back; pound the leaves of Aneilema umbrosum subsp umbrosum with an another herb, and drink the extract
(This plant is known by +/_ 9 informants)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex. Zaire) Eastern part (Nyindu people)
Vernacular name : miteeja (Kinyindu)