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aka Candleberry, Varnish Tree
(Aleurites moluccana)
[shi li zi]
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SEEDS (based on zero moisture per 100 grams) = 20 g protein, 64 g fat, 8.6 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g ash, 86 mg calcium, 2.5 mg phosphorus, 2.2 mg iron, 0.06 mg thiamine.

In Chinese medicine is considered aperient, aphrodisiac, laxative, purgative, stimulant, sudorific.
Has been used to treat asthma, debility, sores, swellings, tumors, unconsciousness, uterine problems.
In Oriental medicine the juice of the stembark has been used to treat thrush.
The pulped kernal of the fruit has been used to treat fever, headache, swollen joints, ulcers.
The pounded seed has been burned with charcoal and applied to the naval area to relieve constipation.
The seed oil has been used to treat sciatica.

©2005 by Ernestina Parziale, CH