Acalypha bequaertii Staner
Acalypha johnstonii Pax
Ricinocarpus psilostachyus (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Kuntze
Acalypha psilostachya is an erect, perennial plant with stems that are more or less woody. It can grow up to 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
East tropical Africa - Sudan and Ethiopia, south to Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Moist, submontane forest undergrowth, in valleys, also in submontane grassland and swamp forest, persisting in disturbed localities, at elevations from 500 - 3,000 metres[
A leaf decoction is taken to treat headache, to expel a retained placenta and as a tonic for pregnant women. The leaf sap is taken to stop bleeding during pregnancy and to treat amenorrhoea[
]. An infusion of the leafy twigs is drunk and the steam is inhaled to treat dizziness[
A leaf decoction is drunk, or the ash of leafy twigs is sniffed, to treat a pain in the side[
]. A leaf decoction is used as an enema to treat diarrhoea, and the decoction is drunk to treat intestinal parasites[
A decoction of leafy twigs is used as an eye bath and the leaf sap is used as eye drops to treat conjunctivitis[
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