Piper amalago L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Shrub 1.2m, secondary forest, outskirts of San Andrés.

Uses: crush leaves, drink juice for snake bites or rub onto body as snake repellent; boil root in water with other roots, bathe snake bite; place piece of stem on tooth for toothache. Comerford 18, 30 Jun 1994.

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Origin

Jamaica

Folk medicinal uses

The young stem and leaves of this species provide a decoction for flatulence and, according to Steggerda, serve as a tonic for the blood. Browne says the root is sudorific, diaphoretic and good for dropsy, and that the leaves and shoots were used in baths and fomentations. The fruits provide an alternative to commercial pepper.

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) COMERFORD, Simon C. Economic Botany. vol. 50 . -- p. 327 - 336 1996

2) Asprey, G.F; Phylis Thornton/ Medicinal plants of Jamaica. Parts I & II. – p. 23.

Piper amalago L.
Término aceptado: 24-Feb-2017