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Reference : HD 40

Author(s) : de Wet, H.,S.C.Ngubane
Title : Traditional herbal remedies used by women in a rural community in northern Maputaland (South Africa) for the treatment of gynaecology and obstetric complaints South African Journal of Botany 94, 129–139 (2014)
Reference HD 40 has information about 34 plants :
Acacia burkei Benth
Official name : Acacia burkei Benth
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(022)
Recipes : H(022) to ease labour and labour pain, ashes of dried bark of Acacia burkei and a handful of ash is poured into 1 L of water and shake. The suspension is allowed to sediment and half a cup (±125 mL) of the supernatant is taken orally twice a day. Activity may be enhanced by rectal administration of the remaining medicine (enema)
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umkhaya (Zulu)
Acalypha villicaulis Hochst.ex A. Rich.
Official name : Acalypha villicaulis Hochst.ex A. Rich.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(002), H(026), H(191)
Recipes : H(002) induce lactation by a new mother just after delivery, the bark of Kigelia africana is peeled on the east and west side of the tree and chopped with Acalypha vilacaulus root. A handful of plant material is boiled with water just covering the plant material until water drops to the same level of plant material, cool before straining. VO. half a cup 3 X/ day
H(027z) to shorten first menstruation period and H(191) to regulate blood flow for her next consecutive menses. Bark from root of Acalypha villicaulis is stripped and chopped. Decoction of handful of fresh root bark for 15 min, cool before straining. Half a cup of the decoction is VO. 3X / day
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and during pregnancy to ensure safe pregnancy and an uncomplicated delivery
H(026) dysmenorrhoea or to shorten menstrual period during menarche. Chop the peeled root bark of Acalypha villicaulis and mix with the root of Searsia nebulosa and Bridelia cathartica. Boil three handfuls of mixed plant material in 2 L of water for 1 h, cool before straining. The residue can be dried and re-use. One cup (±250 mL) is VO. 2X/ day
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(033) infertility, chopped roots of Bridelia cathartica, Erythrina humeana, Acalypha villicaulis, Searsia nebulosa, stem of Hyphaene coriacea or roots of Ozoroa engleri. Two handfuls of above mixed plant material are boiled in 1 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. One cup of the decoction is taken thrice a day.
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umphendulo (Zulu)
Acanthospermum glabratum (DC.) Wild
Official name : Acanthospermum glabratum (DC.) Wild
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(040)
Recipes : H(040) cervical pains during pregnancy. Decoction of one handful of fresh-chopped whole plant of Acanthospermum glabratum in 1 L of water for about 20 min, cool before straining. VO. half a cup of the decoction , 3 X/ day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : isinama (Zulu)
Bridelia cathartica Bertol.f.
Official name : Bridelia cathartica Bertol.f.
Family : Phyllanthaceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(027), H(033), H(101), H(116x)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea or to shorten menstrual period during menarche. Chop the peeled root bark of Acalypha villicaulis and mix with the root of Searsia nebulosa and Bridelia cathartica. Boil three handfuls of mixed plant material in 2 L of water for 1 h, cool before straining. The residue can be dried and re-use. One cup (±250 mL) is VO. 2X/ day
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(033) infertility. Chopped roots of Bridelia cathartica, Tabernaemontana elegans, Erythrinia humeana, Ochna natalitia and Searsia nebulosa. Two handfuls of these mixed roots are boiled in 2.5 L of water for 2 h, strain and let cool. One cup of the decoction is taken orally 3 X/ day
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(116) amenorrhoe, roots of Rhoicissus digitata Bridelia cathartica and Peltophorum africanum are chopped. Four handfuls of the mixed plant material are boiled in 5 L of water for 1 h in a pot with a lid on. Half a cup of the decoction is taken orally two to three times a day (depending on one's preference)
H(026) dysmenorrhoea, H(101) menorrhagia, H(033) infertility, H(116x) oligomenorrhoea, H(027) premature birth and H(191) to cleanse the blood when pregnan. Roots of Bridelia cathartica, Rhoicissus digitata, Commiphora neglecta, Grewia occidentalis, Ochna natalitia, Garcinia livingstonei and Crotalaria monteiroi are chopped. A handful of mixed roots is boiled in five cups of water for 20 min, cool before straining. The residue can be dried for re-use. Half a cup of the decoction is taken orally twice a day after a meal
H(101) menorrhagia Either chopped roots or leaves of Bridelia cathartica are used individually. A handful of chopped plant material is boiled in 1 L of water for ±15 min, cool before straining. Half a cup is taken orally twice a day.
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(033) infertility, chopped roots of Bridelia cathartica, Erythrina humeana, Acalypha villicaulis, Searsia nebulosa, stem of Hyphaene coriacea or roots of Ozoroa engleri. Two handfuls of above mixed plant material are boiled in 1 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. One cup of the decoction is taken thrice a day.
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umkhawulangazi, ungazini (Zulu)
Commiphora neglecta I.Verd.
Official name : Commiphora neglecta I.Verd.
Family : Burseraceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(027), H(033), H(101), H(116x)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea, H(101) menorrhagia, H(033) infertility, H(116x) oligomenorrhoea, H(027) premature birth and H(191) to cleanse the blood when pregnan. Roots of Bridelia cathartica, Rhoicissus digitata, Commiphora neglecta, Grewia occidentalis, Ochna natalitia, Garcinia livingstonei and Crotalaria monteiroi are chopped. A handful of mixed roots is boiled in five cups of water for 20 min, cool before straining. The residue can be dried for re-use. Half a cup of the decoction is taken orally twice a day after a meal
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umbhonde (Zulu)
Crotalaria monteiroi var. galpinii Burtt Davy ex I. Verd.
Official name : Crotalaria monteiroi var. galpinii Burtt Davy ex I. Verd.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(027), H(033), H(101), H(116x), H(191)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea, H(101) menorrhagia, H(033) infertility, H(116x) oligomenorrhoea, H(027) premature birth and H(191) to cleanse the blood when pregnan. Roots of Bridelia cathartica, Rhoicissus digitata, Commiphora neglecta, Grewia occidentalis, Ochna natalitia, Garcinia livingstonei and Crotalaria monteiroi are chopped. A handful of mixed roots is boiled in five cups of water for 20 min, cool before straining. The residue can be dried for re-use. Half a cup of the decoction is taken orally twice a day after a meal
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : unkoshonkoshwana (Zulu)
Cyperus natalensis Hochst.
Official name : Cyperus natalensis Hochst.
Family : Cyperaceae
Symptoms : H(101)
Recipes : H(101) menorrhagia, Four handfuls of chopped root of Cyperus natalensis are boiled in 2 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. VO. half a cup of the decoction, three times a day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : induli (Zulu)
Diospyros villosa (L.) De Winter var. villosa
Official name : Diospyros villosa (L.) De Winter var. villosa
Family : Ebenaceae
Symptoms : H(026)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea. Half a handful of chopped roots of Diospyros villosa are boiled in 1 L of water until water changes to a brown colour, cool before straining. VO. half a cup of the decoction, two to three times a day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : ubhoyibhoyi (Zulu)
Erythrina humeana Spreng.
Official name : Erythrina humeana Spreng.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(101)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(033) infertility. Chopped roots of Bridelia cathartica, Tabernaemontana elegans, Erythrinia humeana, Ochna natalitia and Searsia nebulosa. Two handfuls of these mixed roots are boiled in 2.5 L of water for 2 h, strain and let cool. One cup of the decoction is taken orally 3 X/ day
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(033) infertility, chopped roots of Bridelia cathartica, Erythrina humeana, Acalypha villicaulis, Searsia nebulosa, stem of Hyphaene coriacea or roots of Ozoroa engleri. Two handfuls of above mixed plant material are boiled in 1 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. One cup of the decoction is taken thrice a day.
H(101) menorrhagia, ahandful of chopped roots is mixed with the same amount of Ochna natalitia leaves and boiled in one and a half cup of water for ± 30 min and cool. Half a glass of the decoction is taken two to three times a day
H(027) to prevent miscarriage as soon as a person knows she is pregnant. Chop two handfuls of root and boil it in 1 L of water for 20 min, strain the cool decoction and dilute with 4 L of water. Use the 5 L dilution for an enema every three days
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umsinsi (Zulu)
Euclea natalensis A. DC.
Official name : Euclea natalensis A. DC.
Family : Ebenaceae
Symptoms : H(191)
Recipes : H(191) blood purification.for pregnant woman, boil a handful of fresh-chopped roots of Euclea natalensis in two cups of water for 15 min, strain when it is cool and take half a cup orally two to three times a day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : isinjelele, isinzimane (Zulu)
Euphorbia tirucalli L.
Official name : Euphorbia tirucalli L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms : Euphorbia laro Drake
Symptoms : H(191)
Recipes : H(191) to cleanse blood when pregnant, ONS of Ozoroa engleri is used in combination with Euphorbia tirucalli, Hypoxis longifolia, Scadoxus puniceus and Senecio serratuloides,RNS
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the authors
Flueggea virosa (Roxb. ex Willd.) Voigt
Official name : Flueggea virosa (Roxb. ex Willd.) Voigt
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(027), H(124)
Recipes : H(027) to prevent premature birth, H(124) antepartum haemorrhage. Two handfuls of pounded root of Flueggea virosa are boiled in 2 L of water for 10 min. The decoction is cool before straining. VO. Half a cup 3 X/ day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : ihlalanyosi (Zulu)
Garcinia livingstonei T. Anderson
Official name : Garcinia livingstonei T. Anderson
Family : Clusiaceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(027), H(033), H(101), H(116x)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea, H(101) menorrhagia, H(033) infertility, H(116x) oligomenorrhoea, H(027) premature birth and H(191) to cleanse the blood when pregnan. Roots of Bridelia cathartica, Rhoicissus digitata, Commiphora neglecta, Grewia occidentalis, Ochna natalitia, Garcinia livingstonei and Crotalaria monteiroi are chopped. A handful of mixed roots is boiled in five cups of water for 20 min, cool before straining. The residue can be dried for re-use. Half a cup of the decoction is taken orally twice a day after a meal
H(026) dysmenorrhoea and postpartum haemorrhage, two handfuls of chopped dry or fresh roots are boiled in 2 L of water for 10 min, cool before straining. VO. half a cup, thrice a day to treat
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umgobandlovu (Zulu)
Grewia occidentalis L.f.
Official name : Grewia occidentalis L.f.
Family : Tiliaceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(027), H(033), H(101), H(116x)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea, H(101) menorrhagia, H(033) infertility, H(116x) oligomenorrhoea, H(027) premature birth and H(191) to cleanse the blood when pregnan. Roots of Bridelia cathartica, Rhoicissus digitata, Commiphora neglecta, Grewia occidentalis, Ochna natalitia, Garcinia livingstonei and Crotalaria monteiroi are chopped. A handful of mixed roots is boiled in five cups of water for 20 min, cool before straining. The residue can be dried for re-use. Half a cup of the decoction is taken orally twice a day after a meal
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : isinqonqothwane (Zulu)
Hermannia boraginiflora Hook.
Official name : Hermannia boraginiflora Hook.
Family : Sterculiaceae
Symptoms : H(022)
Recipes : H(022) to ease labour during pregnancy, H(026) dysmenorrhoa, decoction of two handfuls of fresh-chopped roots of Hermannia boraginiflora in 2 L of water for ±30 min, cool before straining. VO. half a cup, 3 X/day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the authors
Hyphaene coriacea Gaertn.
Official name : Hyphaene coriacea Gaertn.
Family : Arecaceae
Symptoms : H(022), H(026), H(027y), H(033)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhoea and H(033) infertility, chopped roots of Bridelia cathartica, Erythrina humeana, Acalypha villicaulis, Searsia nebulosa, stem of Hyphaene coriacea or roots of Ozoroa engleri. Two handfuls of above mixed plant material are boiled in 1 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. One cup of the decoction is taken thrice a day.
H(026) dysmenorrhoea, H(033) infertility, H(027y) after birth pains, H(027y) postpartum bleeding, H(022) to ease labour. Fresh stem is pounded and two handfuls of stem material are boiled in 1.5 L of water till the colour of the water change to black after ±30 min, cool before straining. VO. Half a cup, 3X/day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : ilala (Zulu)
Hypoxis hemerocallidea Fisch. & Avé-Lall.
Official name : Hypoxis hemerocallidea Fisch. & Avé-Lall.
Family : Hypoxidaceae
Symptoms : H(026), H(191)
Recipes : H(026) dysmenorrhagia, Three handfuls of chopped corm of Hypoxis hemerocallidea are boiled into 1 L of water for 30–60 min, cool before straining. One cup VO., 3 X/ day
H(191) to cleanse blood when pregnant, ONS., RNS.
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : inkomfe (Zulu)
Hypoxis longifolia Baker
Official name : Hypoxis longifolia Baker
Family : Hypoxidaceae
Symptoms : H(101), H(191)
Recipes : H(101) menorrhagia., decoction of two handfuls of chopped corn of Hypoxis cf. longifolia in 1 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. VO. a cup, 3X/day
H(191) to cleanse blood when pregnant, ONS of Ozoroa engleri is used in combination with Euphorbia tirucalli, Hypoxis longifolia, Scadoxus puniceus and Senecio serratuloides,RNS
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : ilabatheka (Zulu)
Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.
Official name : Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.
Family : Bignoniaceae
Symptoms : H(002), H(026), H(038), H(191)
Recipes : H(002) induce lactation by a new mother just after delivery, the bark of Kigelia africana is peeled on the east and west side of the tree and chopped with Acalypha vilacaulus root. A handful of plant material is boiled with water just covering the plant material until water drops to the same level of plant material, ool before straining. VO. half a cup 3 X/ day
H(191) blood cleansing, H(038) pelvic pains during pregnancy, three handfuls of evenly mixed chopped bark and fruit of Kigelia africana are boiled in 2 L of water for 1 h, cool before straining. VO., half a cup 3X/ day or alternatively, an enema with three size-6 syringes once a day
H(026) dysmenorrhoea, equal amounts of dry or fresh bark of Kigelia africana and Searsia nebulosa are pounded together and three handfuls are boiled in 2 L of water for 30 min, cool before straining. VO. half a cup 2X/ day
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : umvongothi (Zulu)
Maytenus senegalensis (Lam.) Exell
Official name : Maytenus senegalensis (Lam.) Exell
Family : Celastraceae
Synonyms : Gymnosporia senegalensis (Lam.) Loes.
Symptoms : H(033)
Recipes : H(033) infertility. A handful of chopped roots of Gymnosporia senegalensis and the same amount of chopped Trichilia emetica bark are mixed and boiled in1.5 L of water for +/- 10 min. The strained warm decoction is used as an enema (using one Size-6 syringe) once every week
Region : South Africa
Country : northern Maputaland (South Africa)
Vernacular name : isihlangwana (Zulu)