(Natural Herbs) Ipecac

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Ipecac Scientific Names and Common Names,Ipecac Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Ipecac Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Ipecac


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | How Sold | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Euphorbia ipecacuanhae L. Madder family

Common Names

Wild ipecac
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Parts Usually Used

Leaves, root
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Wild ipecac is a large-rooted perennial with underground stems; the plant grows 3-12 inches tall with a stem that is smooth, succulent. The leaves are inserted at the joints; rounded to linear, green to purple. Solitary flowers are on long stalks; the “cups” have 5 glands, with narrow, white, yellow, green, or purple appendages. Blooms in April to May.
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Where Found

Found in sandy soil; mostly coastal. New Jersey to Florida. Found in southwestern Brazil.
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Medicinal Properties

Emetic, laxative, vermifuge
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Because it induces vomiting, this herb is often abused by teenage girls suffering from bulimia, an eating disorder characterized by gorging and purging.
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Native Americans used the leaf tea for diabetes; root tea as a strong laxative and emetic, for pinworms, rheumatism; poulticed the root on snakebites. This herb induces vomiting and is therefore a good remedy for food poisoning and other kinds of ingested poisoning.
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How Sold

Sold as Syrup of Ipecac in pharmacies
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It is not always appropriate to induce vomiting in cases of poisoning. Call your doctor or the local poison alert hotline before inducing vomiting or giving any drug to a poison victim.

Extremely strong laxative. The juice from the fresh plant may cause blistering. The herb is very toxic except in diluted syrup form.

Keep out of the reach of children and teenagers.
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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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