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Economic Botany

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 387–394 | Cite as

Medicinal plants of Paraguay: Underground Organs, II

  • Isabel Basualdo
  • Elsa Matilde Zardini
  • Mirtha Ortiz
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Abstract

We have identified additional underground storage organs belonging to 17 species in 12 families that are being sold as medicinal in the market #4 of Asunción currently known as “Pettirossi.” All of them grow wild in Paraguay. These organs are used locally to combat ulcers, gastritis, cough, tonsillitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, cancer, syphilis, amenorrhea and rheumatism. They are also used as abortives, hemostatics, hypotensives, expectorants, diuretics, and as refreshing beverages.

Key Words

Paraguay popular medicine underground organs identifications and uses 

Plantas medicinales de Paraguay: Organos subterráneos. II

Résumé

Hemos identificado órganos subterráneos adicionales pertenecientes a 17 especies en 12 familias, que se expenden como meditinales en el Mercado #4 de Asunción comúnmente conocido como “Pettirossi.” Todas ellas crecen sihestres en Paraguay. Estos órganos se usan para combatir úlceras y gastritis, tos, amigdalitis, bronquitis y faringitis, cáncer, sífilis y reumatismo, y como abortivo, emenagogo y hemostático, hipotensor, expectorante, diurético y refrescante.

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© The New York Botanical Garden 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Basualdo
    • 1
  • Elsa Matilde Zardini
    • 2
  • Mirtha Ortiz
    • 3
  1. 1.Facultadde Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad National de AsunciónAsunciónParaguay
  2. 2.Missouri Botanical GardenMissouri
  3. 3.Facultad de Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad National de AsunciónAsunciónParaguay

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