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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.

aka Fever Bark, Australian Quinine, Australia Febrifuge
(Alstonia constricta, A. scholaris; also the African A. boonei)

CAUTION: Stimulates the uterus and should NOT be used by pregnant women.

CONTAINS: Indole alkaloids (alstonine, porphrine, astonidine, et al).

Tree/shrub of Australia. A. boonei, which is used in a similar manner, is from Africa. Also A. scholaris and A. constricta (aka Devil tree, dita bark, milky pine). Its name was given in honor of a Botany professor in Edinburgh. The wood is very soft and that of A. scholaris was once used for making writing slates. The light soft wood is also used for making masks and coffins.

PART USED: Dried bark.

Bitter, astringent, alterative.
Has been used as a fever remedy.
Has been used in some types of rheumatism.
Has been used to relax spasms; stimulate lactation; also for intestinal worms, malaria, chronic diarrhea, and dysentary.
A. boonei is antidote to Strophanthus poisoning.

All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully.
Powdered bark = 2 to 8 grains steeped in 1 C. boiling water for several minutes.
Extract = 4 to 40 minims

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