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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.




on this pageApple, Balsam
aka Balsamina
Momordica balsamina
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CAUTION: PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY!
Large doses result in death!

A climbing annual plant of the cucurbit family which is native to eastern India and cultivated as an ornamental fruit. Fruit is warty, ovate and angular, orange-red in color and resembles a cucumber.

PROPAGATION: By seed in spring.
PART USED: The fruit minus the seeds.

MEDICINAL USES:
A liniment was made by adding the pulped fruit (minus the seeds) to almond oil and used for piles, burns, chapped hands.
The pulp was used as a poultice.
The fluid extract was employed for dropsy.

DOSE = TRADITIONAL DOSAGES FOR PROFESSIONAL NOTE ONLY
All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully.
1 to 5 grains.



©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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