Epinetrum cordifolium Mangenot & Miege
Albertisia cordifolia is a shrub, usually adopting a climbing habit with stems up to 15 metres long that climb into the surrounding vegetation for support[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
The plant is considered poisonous to sheep[
West tropical Africa - Cote D'Ivoire.
Found at low elevations in secondary formations inside dense humid forests[
The root is used to treat anaemia and oedema of the legs[
The root pulp with some water is used in the form of nose drops and administered as a sedative to agitated people, as a complement to treatment with the root of Rauvolfia vomitoria[
]. The root pulp is inserted into the vagina to treat uterus complaints and applied externally as a haemostatic[
]. Men suffering from gonorrhoea take an enema of the root pulp. A root maceration is taken as an enema or in draught as aphrodisiac and stimulant[
The roots contain the bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids cycleanine, isochondrodendrine and norcycleanine. Cycleanine is a neuromuscular stimulant in small doses and paralyses at high doses[
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