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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)