Polygala poaya is a perennial plant, becoming somewhat woody at the base, sending up a clump of stems 8 - 50cm tall[
The root is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.
Seasonally wet fields[
The plant flowers abundantly after fires[
The root is emetic and expectorant[
]. Known as 'White Ipecac' or 'Poaya Blanca', it is used as a substitute for the true Ipecac (Carapichea ipecacuanha)[
The uses of Ipecac are as follows:-
The roots are used internally in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough and amoebic dysentery[
]. One of the surest of emetics, even moderate doses will induce vomiting until the contents of the stomach have been voided making it especially useful in the treatment of drug overdoses[
]. It is used in a syrup to induce vomiting in children who have ingested toxins[
]. Smaller doses are strongly expectorant and it is a common ingredient in patent cough medicines[
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