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aka Yard-Long Bean
(Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis)
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A native of southern Asia which is characterized by yard-long, flaccid or somewhat inflated pods.

PART USED: Whole plant and ashes of the pod.

The whole plant is used for quenching and tonic properties and to treat diarrhea and frequent urination. The ashes of the pods are used to induce labor.

©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH