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Medicinal Plants of Paraguay: Underground Organs, II

Isabel Basualdo, Elsa Matilde Zardini and Mirtha Ortiz
Economic Botany
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1995), pp. 387-394
Published by: Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4255776
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Abstract

We have identified additional underground storage organs belonging to 17 species in 12 families that are being sold as medicinal in the market # 4 of Asunción currently known as "Pettirossi." All of them grow wild in Paraguay. These organs are used locally to combat ulcers, gastritis, cough, tonsillitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, cancer, syphilis, amenorrhea and rheumatism. They are also used as abortives, hemostatics, hypotensives, expectorants, diuretics, and as refreshing beverages. / Hemos identificado órganos subterráneos adicionales pertenecientes a 17 especies en 12 familias, que se expenden como medicinales en el Mercado # 4 de Asunción comúnmente conocido como "Pettirossi." Todas ellas crecen silvestres en Paraguay. Estos órganos se usan para combatir úlceras y gastritis, tos, amigdalitis, bronquitis y faringitis, cáncer, sífilis y reumatismo, y como abortivo, emenagogo y hemostático, hipotensor, expectorante, diurético y refrescante.

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