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BRUCEA
SIMAROUBACEAE
aka Java Brucea, Kusam Seeds
(Brucea javanica)
[ya-tan-tzu]
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CAUTION!!
GASTROINTESTINAL IRRITANT!

DRUG INTERACTION: NOT with chloroquine diphosphate.

CONTRAINDICATED: NOT taken where there is digestive weakness, nausea, vomiting, pregnancy, and NOT given to children.

CONTAINS: Seeds contain: Bitter alkaloid glycosides, brucamarin, dosamine, formic acid.

Deciduous shrub with downy branches native to China, East Indies, and the Malay Archipelago. Leaves are pinnate with 4 to 6 pairs of leaflets. Flowers are small, purple, 4 petaled, appearing in axillary panicles in summer. Fruit is a black berry containing a single, flat seed.

Has been used for more than 2 centuries in Chinese medicine.



PROPAGATION: By seed in spring; by ripewood cuttings in sand.
NEEDS: Well drained soil in sun or part shade. Hardy to 60º F.
HARVEST: Seeds when ripe (hard outer covering is removed).
PART USED: Seeds

USES

MEDICINAL:
Bitter, febrifuge, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, anthelmintic, mild laxative, tonic, vermifuge. Affects colon.
Has been used internally for malaria, amebic dysentary, diarrhea, piles, chronic dysentary, nematodes, tapeworm, , and vaginal thrush.
Has been used externally for warts and corns. Seeds are split open and taped to the offending growth.

DOSE: TRADITIONAL DOSAGES FOR PROFESSIONAL NOTE ONLY!
!All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully!
7 to 15 seeds with shell removed.





©2004 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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