Paropsia argutidens Sleumer
Paropsia reticulata Engl.
Paropsia brazzaeana can be a many-stemmed shrublet growing up to 1 metre tall from a rhizomatous rootstock, or it can become a shrub up to 4 metres tall with a short bole 5cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Angola, DR CongoZambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe.
Woodland, forest and thickets on Kalahari sand or clayey soils; fringing, gallery and secondary forests; at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
A bark decoction is used as a vapour bath, and the leaf sap is drunk, as a treatment for rheumatism, whilst the leaf pulp is rubbed on the painful area[
A root-bark decoction is taken orally to treat amoebic dysentery[
A root extract is taken orally to treat gonorrhoea and it is also used as a mouthwash to treat toothache[
The fruit juice is taken to treat headache and is used as nose drops to cure infections in the nose[
An aqueous root-bark extract has shown significant antibacterial, anti-amoebic and antispasmodic activities[
The plant contains flavones, tannins, saponins and hydrocyanic acid[
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