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Reference : HK 52

Author(s) : Kokwaro, J. O.
Title : Some common african herbal remedies for skin diseases: with special reference to Kenya Medicinal and poisonous plants of the tropics. Proceedings of symposium of the 14th International botanical congress, Berlin, 24 july - 1 august 1987, 44-69, (1987)
Reference HK 52 has information about 104 plants :
Abutilon fruticosum Guill. & Perr.
Official name : Abutilon fruticosum Guill. & Perr.
Family : Malvaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, dried and pounded or burnt roots of Abutilon fruticosum and ash applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : bolambal (Somali)
Acacia brevispica Harms
Official name : Acacia brevispica Harms
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, roots of Acacia brevispica decoction for bathing. Contain mucilage and tannin
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kiptare (Marakwet) mughobari (Luhya), ol-girgi (Masai)
Acacia polyacantha Willd.
Official name : Acacia polyacantha Willd.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, dried, pounded leaves of Acacia polyacantha, mixed with some oil and applied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mkengewa (Bajun, Swahili)
Acalypha ornata Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Official name : Acalypha ornata Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(173)
Recipes : H(173) leprosy, roots of Acalypha ornata decoction drunk 2 - 3 times a day, and also used for bathing.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mtsatsa (Digo)
Acalypha racemosa Baill.
Official name : Acalypha racemosa Baill.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Acalypha racemosa burnt and ash used.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : not registered
Acalypha villicaulis Hochst.ex A. Rich.
Official name : Acalypha villicaulis Hochst.ex A. Rich.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Acalypha villicaulis soaked or boiled and the infusion used for washing the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mbaGiriamaia (Gusii)
Ageratum conyzoides L.
Official name : Ageratum conyzoides L.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Ageratum conyzoides crushed and soaked in water or pounded and applied direct. Very popular with the Luo as a haemostatic.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : Ilusa (Luhya), kundambara (Swahili), oluoro-Chieng (Luo)
Ajuga remota Benth.
Official name : Ajuga remota Benth.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Ajuga remota pounded and juice rubbed on the infected part.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : chebonyirar (Marakwet) mataliha (Luhya)
Albizia gummifera (J.F.Gmel.) C.A.Sm.
Official name : Albizia gummifera (J.F.Gmel.) C.A.Sm.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, Pounded roots of Albizia gummifera soaked in water for bathing. Contain kosotoxin
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mughonzulu (Luhya), seet (Kipsigis, Marakwet)
Allophylus abyssinicus (Hochst.) Radlk.
Official name : Allophylus abyssinicus (Hochst.) Radlk.
Family : Sapindaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, roots of Allophylus abyssinicus crushed, mixed with salt and oil and rubbed.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : lusasari (Luhya)
Ampelocissus africana (Lour.) Merr.
Official name : Ampelocissus africana (Lour.) Merr.
Family : Vitaceae
Symptoms : H(173)
Recipes : H(173) leprosy, roots of Ampelocissus africana decoction drunk and some used for bathing
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : munwamadzi (Gir)
Aspilia mossambicensis (Oliv.) Wild
Official name : Aspilia mossambicensis (Oliv.) Wild
Family : Asteraceae
Synonyms : Aspilia chrysops S. Moore , Aspilia holstii O.Hoffm
Symptoms : H(004), H(014)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded leaves of Aspilia mossambicensis , local application
H(014) ringworm, leaves, fruits of Aspilia mossambicensis pounded and rubbed on the infection
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : lilelie (Luhya) , muhepe, mutanzi (Digo), muti (Kamba) , raywetigo (Luo)
Aspilia pluriseta Schweinf.
Official name : Aspilia pluriseta Schweinf.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded leaves of Aspilia pluriseta , local application
H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Aspilia pluriseta pounded and the paste rubbed on the infected part.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muti (Embu, Kamba), ol~oiyabase (Masai)
Brackenridgea zanguebarica Oliv.
Official name : Brackenridgea zanguebarica Oliv.
Family : Ochnaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, roots of Brackenridgea zanguebarica dried and pounded into a powder (yellow) form applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mchonga mahana (Digo)
Brucea antidysenterica J.F. Mill.
Official name : Brucea antidysenterica J.F. Mill.
Family : Simaroubaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(173)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Brucea antidysenterica pounded and mixed with ghee applied
H(173) leprosy, leaves of Brucea antidysenterica pounded, mixed with ghee and rubbed.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kingame (Kamba)
Cadaba farinosa Forssk.
Official name : Cadaba farinosa Forssk.
Family : Capparaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded dry leaves of Cadaba farinosa , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : eren (Tur), mvunya-vumo (Swahili)
Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton
Official name : Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton
Family : Apocynaceae
Synonyms : Asclepias procera Aiton
Symptoms : H(173)
Recipes : H(173) leprosy, bark and roots of Calotropis procera boiled and the decoction drunk and used for bathing.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : boah (Som), etithuru (Tur) , mpamba-mwitu (Swa)
Capparis cartilaginea Decne.
Official name : Capparis cartilaginea Decne.
Family : Capparaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, juice from crushed roots of Capparis cartilaginea , local application . Contain sulphur oil.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : chepteretwa (Marakwet)
Cardiospermum grandiflorum Sw.
Official name : Cardiospermum grandiflorum Sw.
Family : Sapindaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, leaves of Cardiospermum grandiflorum pounded and the paste rubbed on the infection.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : burili (Luhya)
Cardiospermum halicacabum L.
Official name : Cardiospermum halicacabum L.
Family : Sapindaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves & roots pounded and the paste rubbed on the infection.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : binyna (Luo)
Cassia didymobotrya Fres.
Official name : Cassia didymobotrya Fres.
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Senna didymobotrya (Fresen) Irwin & Barneby
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, leaves of Cassia didymobotrya pounded, mixed with ail and the paste smeared on the infection. Or burnt, as mixed with oil and smeared on the infection, the hair is cut short before the application of the drug.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ithaa (Kamba) , lubino (Luhya), kilao (Meru), mshua (Taita), mwino; (Kikuyu), omovenyu (Gusii), owinu (Luo) , ol-senetoi (Masai), senetwet (Kipsigis, Marakwet , Nandi)
Cassia singueana Delile
Official name : Cassia singueana Delile
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Senna singueana (Delile) Lock , Cassia goratensis Fresen.
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, cushed roots of Cassia singueana soaked in water and infusion used for washing the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muhumbu (Giriama), mukengaka (Kamba), sisilamosa (Luhya)
Chenopodium album L.
Official name : Chenopodium album L.
Family : Chenopodiaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, leaves of Chenopodium album pounded, mixed with ail and the paste smeared on the infection. For head infection, the hair is cut short to the scalp before thedrug is applied. Contain some oil like ascaridole and can be very effective.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : nyatigotigo (Luo)
Chenopodium opulifolium Schrad. ex W.D.J. Koch & Ziz.
Official name : Chenopodium opulifolium Schrad. ex W.D.J. Koch & Ziz.
Family : Chenopodiaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, leaves of Chenopodium opulifolium pounded, mixed with ail and the paste smeared on the infection. For head infection, the hair is cut short to the scalp before thedrug is applied. Contain some oil like ascaridole and can be very effective.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : nyatigotigo (Luo)
Chenopodium pumilio R.Br
Official name : Chenopodium pumilio R.Br
Family : Chenopodiaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, leaves of Chenopodium pumilio pounded, mixed with ail and the paste smeared on the infection. For head infection, the hair is cut short to the scalp before thedrug is applied. Contain some oil like ascaridole and can be very effective.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : nyatigotigo (Luo)
Cissampelos pareira L.T
Official name : Cissampelos pareira L.T
Family : Menispermaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, roots and leaves of Cissampelos pareira burnt and the ash applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : libugu (Digo)
Combretum apiculatum Sond.
Official name : Combretum apiculatum Sond.
Family : Combretaceae
Symptoms : H(173)
Recipes : H(173) leprosy, decoction of roots of Combretum apiculatum drunk for the treatment of the disease during its initial stages.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kiama (Kamba)
Combretum molle R. Br.
Official name : Combretum molle R. Br.
Family : Combretaceae
Synonyms : Combretum microlepidotum Engl.
Symptoms : H(004), H(173)
Recipes : H(004) wound, used in place of cotton to coyer the drug before finally using the dry banana peeudostem as a bandage.
H(173) leprosy, roots decoction of Combretum molle, VO.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : eguyen (Tur), kembel (Sebei) , keyo-(Luo ), kiama (Kamba), mwama (Tai), ol-mororoi (Masaiai)
Commiphora africana (A. Rich.) Engl.
Official name : Commiphora africana (A. Rich.) Engl.
Family : Burseraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, gum resin form from roots of Commiphora africana , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mbambara (Swahili), mutungu (Kamba), tola (Giriamaiama)
Cordia ovalis R.Br. ex A.DC.
Official name : Cordia ovalis R.Br. ex A.DC.
Family : Boraginaceae
Synonyms : Cordia monoica Roxb.
Symptoms : H(173)
Recipes : H(173) leprosy, the patient is exposed to a steambath of the decoction of leaves and roots of Cordia ovalis , the body is then washed with the decoction, and a pounded paste of the bark rubbed on the infections.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : msasa (Swahili), muthia (Kamba), mukuo (Meru, Kikuyu), ol-seki (Masai), oseno (Luo)
Crabbea velutina S. Moore
Official name : Crabbea velutina S. Moore
Family : Acanthaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, whole plant of Crabbea velutina dried, pounded and mixed with some oil
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : jumao (Som), ki tabchep tarbus (Marakwet)
Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore
Official name : Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded leaves of Crassocephalum crepidioides and juice squeezed on to the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : lifululwa (Luhya)
Crassocephalum mannii (Hook.f.) Milne-Redh.
Official name : Crassocephalum mannii (Hook.f.) Milne-Redh.
Family : Asteraceae
Synonyms : Crassocephalum multicorymbosum (Klatt) S. Moore , Solanecio mannii (Hook. f.) C. Jeffrey
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Crassocephalum mannii in decoction used for washing the body.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : tergekwa (Marakwet)
Croton macrostachyus Hochst. ex Del.
Official name : Croton macrostachyus Hochst. ex Del.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(013)
Recipes : H(004) wound, crushed leaves of Croton macrostachyus, soaked in water and the juice used.
H(013) rash, bark & roots of Croton macrostachyus decoction used for bathing babies with rashes.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : musutsu (Luhya), mutundu (Kamba, Kikuyu), mutundu (Meru)
Cyathula cylindrica Moq.
Official name : Cyathula cylindrica Moq.
Family : Amaranthaceae
Symptoms : H(173)
Recipes : H(173) leprosy, whole plant (including roots) of Cyathula cylindrica boiled and the decoction drunk and used for bathing.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ng'atunyat (Kips)
Cyphostemma cyphopetalum (Fresen.) Descoings ex Wild & Drummond
Official name : Cyphostemma cyphopetalum (Fresen.) Descoings ex Wild & Drummond
Family : Vitaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Cyphostemma cyphopetalum crushed and the paste applied on the infection
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kiptora (Marakwet)
Dalbergia melanoxylon Guill. & Perr.
Official name : Dalbergia melanoxylon Guill. & Perr.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, decoction of roots of Dalbergia melanoxylon used for cleaning wounds
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mwengo (Meru)
Datura stramonium L.
Official name : Datura stramonium L.
Family : Solanaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, leaves and seeds of Datura stramonium dry, grind, mix with ghee and smear on the infection. The plant is poisonous and contain alkaloids hyoscine, hyoscyamine and atropine.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : barutu, chemongong (Kipsigis), mwalola (Taita), silulu (Luhya)
Dichrostachys glomerata (Forssk.) Chiov.
Official name : Dichrostachys glomerata (Forssk.) Chiov.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded bark of Dichrostachys cinerea, local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : dunguu (Taita), etirai (Tur), jirime (Boran), mkingir (Swahili), msativu (Boni), mundua (Kamba), okiro (Luo)
Ehretia cymosa Thonning
Official name : Ehretia cymosa Thonning
Family : Boraginaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, infusion of crushed leaves of Ehretia cymosa , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : murembu (Meru), shekutu (Luhya)
Ekebergia capensis Sparrm.
Official name : Ekebergia capensis Sparrm.
Family : Meliaceae
Synonyms : Ekebergia rueppelliana (Fresen.) A.Rich.
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Ekebergia rueppelliana decoction used for bathing. Contain tannin
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kerbut (Mar)
Erythrina abyssinica Lam. ex DC.
Official name : Erythrina abyssinica Lam. ex DC.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(004) wound, burnt bark of Erythrina abyssinica and ash used
H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Erythrina abyssinica burnt and ash used.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mjafari (Swahili)., gorggorwa (Marakwet). kivuti (Kamba), mjafari (Swahili) , murembe (Luhya. Luo). muuti (Meru), ol-goroshe (Masai)
Euphorbia grantii Oliv.
Official name : Euphorbia grantii Oliv.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, latex of branches, stem of Euphorbia grantii applied onto the wound to stop bleeding and as a cure.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muthuri (Meru)
Euphorbia hirta L.
Official name : Euphorbia hirta L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms : Euphorbia pilulifera var. procumbens Boiss. , Euphorbia hirta var. procumbens Br. , Chamaesyce hirta (L.) Millsp.
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound is covered with fresh leaves of Euphorbia hirta
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muziyaziya (Digo), mwache (Swahili)
Euphorbia inaequilatera Sond.
Official name : Euphorbia inaequilatera Sond.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, powder from dried and pounded branches and stem of Euphorbia inequilatera , RNS.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : lokile (Tur)
Faurea saligna Harv.
Official name : Faurea saligna Harv.
Family : Proteaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Faurea saligna, decoction used for bathing, and some drunk
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mosambonet (Nan), bwonget (Elgeyo), sirirte (Mar)
Galinsoga parviflora Cav.
Official name : Galinsoga parviflora Cav.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded stem and leaves of Galinsoga parviflora and juice squeezed on to the wound
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : jepkondewa (Marakwet)
Grewia occidentalis L.f.
Official name : Grewia occidentalis L.f.
Family : Tiliaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Grewia occidentalis, burnt and the ash used, contain alkaloids.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : aroya (Luo), chomisiat (Por), ekeli (Tur), mutuva (Kamba), ol-neligwe (Masai)
Gutenbergia fischeri R.E.Fr
Official name : Gutenbergia fischeri R.E.Fr
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Gutenbergia fischeri crushed , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ol-makirikirieny (Mas)
Gynura valeriana Oliv
Official name : Gynura valeriana Oliv
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, powder from leaves or flowers of Gynura valeriana , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : imbuni (Luhya)
Heinsia crinita (Afzel.) G.Taylor
Official name : Heinsia crinita (Afzel.) G.Taylor
Family : Rubiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Heinsia crinita burnt and ash used.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mvunja-jembe (Digo)
Hoslundia opposita Vahl
Official name : Hoslundia opposita Vahl
Family : Lamiaceae
Synonyms : Hoslundia oppositifolia P. Beauv.
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, crushed leaves of Hoslundia opposita, soaked in water and applied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mdahamwita (Swahili), mutserere (Digo, Giriama), ofwong'o (Luo), omufwofwo or shikuma (Luhya)
Hymenocardia acida Tul.
Official name : Hymenocardia acida Tul.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, dried barks of Hymenocardia acida and pounded into powdery form.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : okang'o (Luo)
Indigofera arrecta Hochst.ex A. Rich.
Official name : Indigofera arrecta Hochst.ex A. Rich.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, crushed leaves of Indigofera arrecta and juice used
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : sarkelat (Marakwet)
Jatropha curcas L.
Official name : Jatropha curcas L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, fresh latex from leaves or stem of Jatropha curcas, local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mbogo-komo (Giriama)
Josephinia africana Vatke
Official name : Josephinia africana Vatke
Family : Pedaliaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, roots of Josephinia africana pounded into powdery form, mixed with sheep's fat and used for dressing the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : comudu (Boni)
Justicia striata (Klotzsch) Bullock
Official name : Justicia striata (Klotzsch) Bullock
Family : Acanthaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, crushed and juice used or burnt of teh whole plant of Justicia striata and ash applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kikalamion (Mar)
Kalanchoe densiflora Rolfe
Official name : Kalanchoe densiflora Rolfe
Family : Crassulaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, the succulent leaves of Kalanchoe densiflora are heated and the juice squeezed onto the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kuserwet (Kipsigis) , kavila-mbodza (Giriama)
Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.
Official name : Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.
Family : Bignoniaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, juice from crushed fruit of Kigelia africana , local application Contain tannin.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : masina, mvongonia, (Taita), muratina (Kikuyu), rotio (Marakwet), yago (Luo)
Lessertia frutescens (L.) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Official name : Lessertia frutescens (L.) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, burnt the roots of Leucaena leucocephala and the ash called "Kago" (Digo) rubbed onto cuts
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : munyaa (Digo)
Lippia javanica (Burm. f.) Spreng.
Official name : Lippia javanica (Burm. f.) Spreng.
Family : Verbenaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Lippia javanica pounded and applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ang'we-rao (Luo), murithi (Kamba), ol-sinoi (Mas), sulasula (Luhya)
Maerua triphylla (Thunb.) T.Durand & Schinz
Official name : Maerua triphylla (Thunb.) T.Durand & Schinz
Family : Capparaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, root infusion of Maerua triphylla used.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : chokotwa (Pokot), lito (Dor), ol-oiresoi (Mas), mulingula (Kamba), mlala-mbuzi (Swa) (Mas) mulingula (Kamba) mlala-mbuzi (Swa)
Maesa lanceolata Forssk.
Official name : Maesa lanceolata Forssk.
Family : Myrsinaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Maesa lanceolata decoction used for washing the infection. Con tain the glucocide embelic acid
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kalatera (Luo) lisebesebe (Luhya), MBoranio (Marakwet)
Manilkara sulcata (Engl.) Dubard
Official name : Manilkara sulcata (Engl.) Dubard
Family : Sapotaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves and roots of Manilkara sulcata pounded and the paste rubbed on the infection.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kurag (Boni), mkuraki (Baj un)
Myrica salicifolia Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Official name : Myrica salicifolia Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Family : Myricaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Myrica salicifolia pounded, mixed with ghee and rubbed on the infection.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kitaloswa (Mar)
Notonia sp.
Official name : Notonia sp.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded leaves and flowers of Notonia sp.and juice , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ini-la-ng'ombe (Pigo)
Ochna mossambicensis Klotzsch
Official name : Ochna mossambicensis Klotzsch
Family : Ochnaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, crushed bark of Ochna mossambicensis and the paste appIied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muchu. mpamapama (Digo)
Ocotea usambarensis Engl.
Official name : Ocotea usambarensis Engl.
Family : Lauraceae
Symptoms : H(175)
Recipes : H(175) dressing wound, bark of Ocotea usambarensis pounded and the powder used for dressing wounds
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kivumba, manyolo (Taita), muura (Meru), muzaiti (Kik)
Olea africana Miller
Official name : Olea africana Miller
Family : Oleaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Olea africana decoction used for bathing and some drunk.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mutamaiyu (Kikuyu), tamiyai (Samb), ol-orien (Masai), yemit tugen (Marakwet, Sebeiei)
Olea hochstetteri Baker
Official name : Olea hochstetteri Baker
Family : Oleaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, bark of Olea hochstetteri burnt and the ash applied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : elgon Olive (Trade), musharagi (Kik), murguiwet (Nan), Ol-loliondo (Mas)
Oxalis corniculata L.
Official name : Oxalis corniculata L.
Family : Oxalidaceae
Synonyms : Oxalis radicosa A.Rich.
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, whole plant of Oxalis corniculata pounded, mixed with ghee and the paste smeared on the infection. Contain oxalic acid in the form of acid potassium oxalate.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : awayo (Luo)
Pergularia daemia (Forssk.) Chiov.
Official name : Pergularia daemia (Forssk.) Chiov.
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Pergularia daemia crushed and juice applied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kipche (Marakwet)
Periploca linearifolia Dill. & A. Rich.
Official name : Periploca linearifolia Dill. & A. Rich.
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, Latex from crushed stem of Periploca linearifolia applied directly onto the wound, contain glucoside periplocin
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : sinidet (Marakwet)
Plectranthus sylvestris Gürke
Official name : Plectranthus sylvestris Gürke
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, crushed leaves of Plectranthus sylvestris and the juice squeezed onto the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muoro (Meru), nginga (Taita)
Podocarpus falcatus (Thunb.) R. Br. ex Mirbel
Official name : Podocarpus falcatus (Thunb.) R. Br. ex Mirbel
Family : Podocarpaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Podocarpus falcatus decoction used for bathing and some drunk.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : benet tugen, elgy, (Marakwet), musengera (Kikuyu)
Polygala erioptera DC.
Official name : Polygala erioptera DC.
Family : Polygalaceae
Symptoms : H(013)
Recipes : H(013) rash, whole plant of Polygala erioptera crushed, mixed with ghee and rubbed on the rashes.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : agwonyo (Luo)
Polygonum salicifolium Brouss. ex Willd.
Official name : Polygonum salicifolium Brouss. ex Willd.
Family : Polygalaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, leaves of Polygonum salicifolium crushed, mixed with a little water and rubbed on the infection.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : burika (Luhya)
Psilotrichum scleranthum Thwaites
Official name : Psilotrichum scleranthum Thwaites
Family : Amaranthaceae
Symptoms : H(013)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, whole plant of Psilotrichum scleranthum dried, pounded and mixed with some oil
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : chibiriti, mkibiri ti (Digo)
Rhamphicarpa herzfeldiana Vatke
Official name : Rhamphicarpa herzfeldiana Vatke
Family : Scrophulariaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Rhamphicarpa herzfeldiana crushed or pounded and juice squeezed on bleeding wound to stop bleeding.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : chepneskut (Kips), esegielop (Mas)
Ricinus communis L.
Official name : Ricinus communis L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, young leaves of Ricinus communis crushed and applied onto the wound
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : libono (Luhya), mbono (Swahili), mbonu, (Taita), odagwa (Luo)
Rumex abyssinicus Jacq.
Official name : Rumex abyssinicus Jacq.
Family : Polygonaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, roots of Rumex abyssinicus dried and pounded, applied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kinyonywe (Kamba)
Salvadora persica L.
Official name : Salvadora persica L.
Family : Salvadoraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, bark of Salvadora persica cushed and juice used.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ethokoni (Tur), kizungumoto (Taita), mueza-moyo (Digo), oremit (Masai)
Satureja abyssinica (Benth.) Briq.
Official name : Satureja abyssinica (Benth.) Briq.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, decoction of the whole plant of Satureja abyssinica used for bathing by circumcised boys.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kamungala (Kamba)
Securidaca longipedunculata Fresen.
Official name : Securidaca longipedunculata Fresen.
Family : Polygalaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, roots of Securidaca longipedunculata dried and pounded, applied
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mzigi (Digo, Swahili)
Senecio lyratipartitus Sch.- Bip. ex A. Rich.
Official name : Senecio lyratipartitus Sch.- Bip. ex A. Rich.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, dried roots of Senecio lyratipartitus pounded and the powder , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : rwinkithia (Meru)
Sida ovata Forssk.
Official name : Sida ovata Forssk.
Family : Malvaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, dried. pounded baks of Sida ovata and applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : uvyaio (Kamba)
Solanum incanum L.
Official name : Solanum incanum L.
Family : Solanaceae
Synonyms : Solanum insanum L. , Solanum coagulans Forssk.
Symptoms : H(004), H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(004) wound, fruits of Solanum incanum for fresh wound, break the fruit and apply the juice. Contain alkaloid solanine, and is believed to be antibacterial.
H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, fruits of Solanum incanum, cut the fruit and apply the content. Contain the alkaloid solanine.
H(014) ringworm, fruit of Solanum incanum cut or break the fruit and smear the juice on the infection. Widely used and believed to be effective. Contain alkaloid solanin, and is probably both antibacterial and antifungal
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mtunguja (Swahili) & many vernacular names
Solanum nigrum L.
Official name : Solanum nigrum L.
Family : Solanaceae
Synonyms : Solanum judaicum Bess
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded leaves of Solanum nigrum, soaked in water and the infusion used.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : ndulu (Kamba), osuga (Luo )
Spathodea campanulata P. Beauv.
Official name : Spathodea campanulata P. Beauv.
Family : Bignoniaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, bark of Spathodea campanulata decoction used for bathing babies with rashes.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : flame of the forest, Nandidi flame (Trade) and many local names
Spermacoce princeae (K. Schum.) Verdc.
Official name : Spermacoce princeae (K. Schum.) Verdc.
Family : Rubiaceae
Synonyms : Borreria princeae K. Schum.
Symptoms : H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, whole plant of Spermacoce princae pounded, mixed with ghee and rubbed on the infection.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : gakungathe (Kikuyu), murkugwet (Kipsigis), omotakiebo (Gusii)
Sphaeranthus kirkii Oliv. & Hiern
Official name : Sphaeranthus kirkii Oliv. & Hiern
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(013)
Recipes : H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, whole plant of Sphaeranthus kirkii decoction used for washing the body
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : chipepo, mupepo (Digo), (Digo ) , kivrumbani (Swa)
Stapelia semota N.E.Br.
Official name : Stapelia semota N.E.Br.
Family : Asclepiadaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, whole plant of Stapelia semota crushed and the sap used
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kawala (Kamba)
Stereospermum kunthianum Cham.
Official name : Stereospermum kunthianum Cham.
Family : Bignoniaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, infusion of crushed leaves of Stereospermum kunthianum , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : maholu (Luhya)
Synadenium grantii Hook. f.
Official name : Synadenium grantii Hook. f.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, fresh latex from leaves and stems of Synadenium grantii applied on fresh decoration marks cut on the surface of women's abdomen. The healing is accomplished with little swelling which is the decoration.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : fangafa, ofangafa (Luo)
Tabernaemontana holstii K.Schum
Official name : Tabernaemontana holstii K.Schum
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, latex from leaves or stems of Tabernaemontana holstii applied directly onto the wound
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kibombo (Digo)
Tabernaemontana usambarensis K.Schum. ex Engl.
Official name : Tabernaemontana usambarensis K.Schum. ex Engl.
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, latex from leaves or stems of Tabernaemontana usambarensis applied directly onto the wound
H(004), sap from crushed stems used
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kitondo (Luhya), kawala (Kamba)
Trichodesma zeylanicum (Burm.) R. Br.
Official name : Trichodesma zeylanicum (Burm.) R. Br.
Family : Boraginaceae
Synonyms : Boraginella zeylanica O. Kuntze , Boraginoides zeylanica Hiern , Borago zeylanica Burm.
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, infusion of crushed leaves of Trichodesma zeylanicum , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : nyalak-dede (Luo)
Triumfetta rhomboidea Jacq.
Official name : Triumfetta rhomboidea Jacq.
Family : Tiliaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, roots of Triumfetta rhomboidea crushed and juice squeezed onto the circumcision wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : lohandi (Luhya), miungu-moto (Digo), tumone (Boni)
Vernonia aemulans Vatke
Official name : Vernonia aemulans Vatke
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, dried leaves of Vernonia aemulans and burnt and the ash rubbed on fresh wounds. Digo women use this to cure fresh cuts made on their abdomen as decoration. Vernonia have alkaloids.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : fuka (Digo)
Vernonia karaguensis Oliver & Hiern. ex Oliver
Official name : Vernonia karaguensis Oliver & Hiern. ex Oliver
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, boiled leaves of Vernonia karaguensis and the decoction used for washing the wound.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muya (Luo), navimuli (Luhya)
Vernonia lasiopus O. Hoffm.
Official name : Vernonia lasiopus O. Hoffm.
Family : Asteraceae
Synonyms : Vernonia alboviolaceae De Wild.
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, pounded leaves of Vernonia lasiopus and the paste put on the wound. Crushed and, local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : muatha (Meru), muhasha (Swahili), muvatha (Kamba)
Vernonia wakefieldii Oliv.
Official name : Vernonia wakefieldii Oliv.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, bark of Vernonia wakefieldii crushed , local application
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kiluma-ng'ondi (Taita)
Withania somnifera (L.) Dun.
Official name : Withania somnifera (L.) Dun.
Family : Solanaceae
Synonyms : Physalis somnifera L.
Symptoms : H(004), H(013), H(014)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves of Withania somnifera, burnt and the ash used, contain alkaloids.
H(013) rash,H(014) dermatitis, itch, cut the fruit of Withania somnifera and apply the content
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : kipkogai (Marakwet), muanzo (Kamba)
Xymalos monospora (Harv.) Baill.
Official name : Xymalos monospora (Harv.) Baill.
Family : Monimiaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) wound, leaves. Roots of Xymalos monospora dried and pounded into a powdery form applied.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : mwawusungu (Taita)