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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 Tikoua Fig
(Ficus tikoua)
[dì gua téng]

Ficus retusa: In Chinese medicine the fruit has been used combined with a beverage alcohol for contusions; the boiled leaves and buds have been prescribed for conjunctivitis; the aerial roots have been used in lotions and liniments for rheumatism and for sore, swollen feet; the ashes have been used for toothache; the bark and aerial roots for fever and tuberculosis.

In Chinese medicine the plant is considered depurative, expectorant, and sudorific and has been used to treat dysuria.
In Chinese medicine the leaf ground together with sugar has been used for abscesses.

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