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Reference : HB 6k

Author(s) : Barnish, G. & S.K. Samai
Title : Some medicinal plant recipes of the Mende, Sierra Leone. Medical research council laboratory P.O.Box 81, Bo, Sierra Leone , 96 p., January l992 DVV sponsored, SLADEA PublicationKew 633.88 (10.2)
Reference HB 6k has information about 49 plants :
Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K.Schum.
Official name : Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K.Schum.
Family : Zingiberaceae
Symptoms : H(001), H(037), H(103), H(108)
Recipes : H(001), Aframomum melegueta, Cola nitida, Alchornea cordifolia, add salt; these are chewed togethcr by anothcr person, and whilst in the mouth, air is blown gently on the eye
H(037), kije, ginger and kola are chewed and the juices drunk to cure cough
H(103), seeds ground, put into cotton wool and applied to the affccted tooth
H(108), seeds ground between stones and rubbed on the head.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : kije
Alchornea cordifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) Müll. Arg.
Official name : Alchornea cordifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) Müll. Arg.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms : Alchornea cordata Benth.
Symptoms : H(100)
Recipes : H(001), Nauclea latifolia, Phyllanthus discoideus, Phyllanthus mucllcriaous, Alchornea cordifolia, the juice of any of the mature stems are excellent eye drops
H(014) itch, Nauclea latifolia, Alchornea cordifolia, Mareya micrantha, Gossypium sp., young leaves are tied together and warmed. Then they are squeezed and the juice extract is rubbed aIl over the body.
H(100) gonorrhea, fruit juice of Citrus aurentifolia , leaves of Alchornea cordifolia and Ananas comosus , the first two are pounded together and water added. Lime juice is added, well mixed and filtered. It is warmed in the sun and then botlled. Drunk as frequently as desired to induce urination
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : not registered
Alchornea hirtella Benth.
Official name : Alchornea hirtella Benth.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(008)
Recipes : H(008), leaves of Alchornea hirtella of Psidium guajava are boiled and drunk.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : not registered
Allophylus africanus P. Beauv.
Official name : Allophylus africanus P. Beauv.
Family : Sapindaceae
Symptoms : H(108)
Recipes : H(108), young leaves collected, squeezed or rolled between palms of hands and inhaled.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : not registered
Ananas sativus Lindl.
Official name : Ananas sativus Lindl.
Family : Bromeliaceae
Synonyms : Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.
Symptoms : H(100)
Recipes : H(100) gono., fruit juice of Citrus aurentifolia , leaves of Alchornea cordifolia and Ananas comosus ,the first two are pounded together and water added. Lime juice is added, well mixed and filtered. It is warmed in the sun and then botlled. Drunk as frequently as desired to induce urination
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : lime
Bersama abyssinica Fres. subsp. abyssinica var. abyssinica
Official name : Bersama abyssinica Fres. subsp. abyssinica var. abyssinica
Family : Melianthaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) roundworm, Innerbarktakenout,cleaned andproperlysun-dried,It is either storet~ in water Or cooked. The juice is taken Orally.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : jondobai
Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.
Official name : Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Cajanus indicus Spreng.
Symptoms : H(046), H(143)
Recipes : H(046), Leaves cooked and water drunk. Leaves crushed between stones or pounded with native clay and rubbed on body
H(143), leaves boiled and VO
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : kollgo-binch (Krjo)
Capsicum sp.
Official name : Capsicum sp.
Family : Solanaceae
Symptoms : H(051)
Recipes : H(051) paludism, Capsicum sp., Zingiber officinale, mixed and ground in mortar. Juice filtered and drunk as convenient.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : puj
Carica papaya L.
Official name : Carica papaya L.
Family : Caricaceae
Symptoms : H(014), H(126)
Recipes : H(014) roundworm, Leaves pounded in mortar, filtered and lime juice added. A cup is drunk in the morning, The filtrate is warmed over a fire and tied firmly on the belly.
H(091), Adults eat the seeds and drink the juice. Children are given two teaspoons of lhe matur pawpaw, fruit every morning for 3 days.
H(126), Nauclea latifolia leaves, Mangifera indica, leaves & bark, Musa sapien tum dried leaves, Carica papaya leaves, Premna hispida leaves, Craterispermum laurinum leaves, AIl boiled and the patient washed with luke warm liquid or water, and with native soap.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : fakalj
Cassia alata L.
Official name : Cassia alata L.
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Senna alata (L.) Roxb.
Symptoms : H(006), H(014), H(046)
Recipes : H(006), leaves are sun dried and then boiled and the liquid drunk
H(014) ringworm, leaves squeezed between hands and the juice put on the ringworm
H(046), leaves ground and rubbed m body. Cold ashes also rubbed on
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : njepa
Cassia sieberiana DC.
Official name : Cassia sieberiana DC.
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Cassia kotschyana Oliv.
Symptoms : H(003), H(012), H(006), H(014), H(018), H(051), H(108)
Recipes : H(003) +H(012)), Xylopia aethiopica, Cassia sieberiana, Microdesmis puberula, Trema guineensis, Manihot esculenta, equal amounts of leaves from the five plants are put together. They are pounded well and rolled into balls and sun-dried. To apply on fracture, etc. the baIl is grated and the dust dampened and applied directly
H(006), Roots cut and put on water, The liquid is drunk
H(014) ringworm, young leaves are tied in a leaf and warmed over a fire. The leaves are then ground on a stone; a small amount of lime juice is dropped into itand then rubbed on the ringworm.
H(018), Roots cut and put on water, The liquid is drunk
H(051) paludism, The roots are cut into chips and water is put on them to draw out the bitter juice. The preparation is left lo stand for one or more days. The water, tasting like quinine, is druInk
H(108), Cassia sieberiana, Nauclea latifolia, Roots are cleaned and cut into small chips and cooked well. The juice is cooled and taken per cup at night or early morning.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : gbangba
Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Official name : Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Family : Bombacaceae
Symptoms : H(051), H(111)
Recipes : H(051) paludism, Native soap is a cure for paludism. The patient washes his body frequently with the soap. It is beIieved to draw paludism from the body. The native soap is prepared from one - or a combination - of the ashes of the following plants:Sterculia tragacantha stem, Ceiba pentandra fruit pods, Elaeis guineemis receptacle, Spondias mombin wood, Pentaclethra macrophylla fruit pods, Jatropha curcas wood, Coffea stenophylla husk, Ricinodendron heudelotii skin or wood, Theobroma cacao dry fruitpodH(111), leaves ground with native clay (on a stone) and applied. Grind snail shells and dust it on the burn.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : nguwa
Citrus aurantiifolia (Christm.) Swingle
Official name : Citrus aurantiifolia (Christm.) Swingle
Family : Rutaceae
Symptoms : H(037), H(046), H(100), H(103), H(157)
Recipes : H(037), Split and juice sucked out for cough. Juice is squeezed and and drunk
H(046), Young leaves pounded and rubbed on body. Leaves macerated in water and drunk, and fruit juice sucked
H(100) gono., roots and or leaves of Ficus exasperata , fruit of Citrus aurantifolia, they are boiled together, fillered, and the juice stored in bottles for drinking morning and evening
H(100) gono., fruit of Citrus aurentifolia, stem of Saccharum officinarum, stem of Costus afer, Boiled together and filtered. Juice drunk as required
H(100) gono., fruit juice of Citrus aurentifolia , leaves of Alchornea cordifolia and Ananas comosus ,the first two are pounded together and water added. Lime juice is added, well mixed and filtered. It is warmed in the sun and then botlled. Drunk as frequently as desired to induce urination
H(103), root bark is boiled, and the juice held in the mouth
H(157), leaves of Ocimum viride, juice of Citrus aurantifolia, seeds of Sesamum indicum, Child put in a fishing net. Ocimum seed roasted and ground and regularly given as a preventive, leaves crushed and rubbed with citrus, juice rubbed in eye and child forced to drink juice. Later sesamum-seed roasted and ground and regularly given as a preventive.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : lime
Cucurbita pepo L.
Official name : Cucurbita pepo L.
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Symptoms : H(111)
Recipes : H(111), young leaves crushed and the juice dropped on the burn.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : towa
Dichrostachys glomerata (Forssk.) Chiov.
Official name : Dichrostachys glomerata (Forssk.) Chiov.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(014), H(031), H(111), H(137)
Recipes : H(004) + H(031) + H(137), Young leaves roasted, pounded inlo a fine powder, and put on new woundsinathinlayer.H(014) roundworm, bark fibre ofstem is peeled, cleaned and dropped into clean water ftf a few hours to draw off the juice. The liquid is drunk.H(111), young leaves are ground inlo powder, mixed wilh palm kernel oil an~ applied to burn.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : ndanda
Elaeis guineensis Jacq.
Official name : Elaeis guineensis Jacq.
Family : Palmae
Symptoms : H(006), H(008), H(051), H(082), H(103)
Recipes : H(006), palm kernel seed roasted and eaten directly to induce toileting.H(008), Young leaves beaten in mortar and liquid drunk.H(051), Palmwine, from the Elaeis guineensis palm is used as a medicine for ~ paludism.H(051) paludism, Native soap is a cure for paludism. The patient washes his body frequently with the soap. It is beIieved to draw paludism from the body. The native soap is prepared from one - or a combination - of the ashes of the following plants:Sterculia tragacantha stem, Ceiba pentandra fruit pods, Elaeis guineemis receptacle, Spondias mombin wood, Pentaclethra macrophylla fruit pods, Jatropha curcas wood, Coffea stenophylla husk, Ricinodendron heudelotii skin or wood, Theobroma cacao dry fruitpodH(082)asthma, leaves pounded and put in water. The water is then drunk.H(103), bark slashed and cooked. Juice kept in mouth for some time.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : tokpoi
Ficus exasperata Vahl
Official name : Ficus exasperata Vahl
Family : Moraceae
Symptoms : H(014), H(100)
Recipes : H(014) ringworm, Ficus exasperata, Phaseolus lunatus, sandpaper the ringworm with the leaves of the former, and drop the juice of the leaves of the latter on the ringworm,H(100) gono., roots and or leaves of Ficus exasperata , fruit of Citrus aurantifolia, they are boiled together, fillered, and the juice stored in bottles for drinking morning and evening,
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : not registered
Gossypium sp.
Official name : Gossypium sp.
Family : Malvaceae
Symptoms : H(014)
Recipes : H(014) gale, Nauclea latifolia, Alchornea cordifolia, Mareya micrantha, Gossypium sp., young leaves are tied together an d warmed over a rlre. Then they are squeezed and the juice extract is rubbed aIl over the body.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : not registered
Gouania longispicata Engl.
Official name : Gouania longispicata Engl.
Family : Rhamnaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(031), H(137), H(037)
Recipes : H(004) + H(031) + H(137), bark scraped and pounded. The liquid is applied to sores.H(037), Leaves and bark of rope are chewed and liquid is drunk.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : sawa
Harungana madagascariensis Lam. ex Poir.
Official name : Harungana madagascariensis Lam. ex Poir.
Family : Hypericaceae
Symptoms : H(008), H(014), H(051), H(126)
Recipes : H(008) + sang, Harungana madagascariensis, Solanum sp., Young leaves from Harungana and fruits from Solanum sp. boiled together and juce, drunk as needed.H(014) ringworm, juice is applied to ringwormH(051) paludism, Harungana madagascariensis, Manniphyton JulvumBoil the bark from Harungana and the leaves from Manniphyton. Drink one cup in the morning to induce vomiting.H(126)jaunisse, Harungana madagascariensis, Enantia polycarpa, bark of stem cut into chips and kept on water for a day or two, The juice isdrunk.
Region : West Africa
Country : Sierra Leone
Vernacular name : mboli