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aka Sida Hemp
(Sida rhombifolia)

LEAVES (based on zero moisure per 100 grams) = 37.4% protein, 7.1% fat, 47.5% carbohydrates, 16.7% fiber, 8.1% ash, 2,354 mg calcium, 293 mg phosphorus, 25 mg iron, 30,556 ug beta-carotene, 1.11 mg thiamine, 2.37 mg riboflavin, 10.6 mg niacin, 454 mg ascorbic acid; also saponins, ephedrine.
ROOTS = ephedrine and other alkaloids; also cellulose, lignin, fat, wax, nitrogen, ash.

In Chinese medicine is considered demulcent, diuretic, emollient, lactagogue, sedative.
Has been used to treat alcoholism, alopecia, bladder problems, boils, burns, congestion, diarrhea, dyspepsia, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, hepatosis, impetigo, leucorrhea, lupus, phthisis, shortness of breath, thrush, tuberculosis, tumors, urethritis, wounds.

©2005 by Ernestina Parziale, CH