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Mucuna Pruriens,

The pods are official as an anthelmintic in the Pharmacopoeia of India. They are used in the form of an electuary triturated to the proper consistency with honey or syrup.

L.; Carpopogon pruriens, Roxb.) NOM. VULG.—Nipay, Lipay, Vis.

USES.—The pods are official as an anthelmintic in the Pharmacopoeia of India.

They are used in the form of an electuary triturated to the proper consistency with honey or syrup. The dose for adults is one soupspoonful, and for children a teaspoonful, given every morning for 3–4 consecutive days. The last day a purge is given to expel the lumbricoids.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION.—A vine with ternate leaves. Flowers red, keel larger than the standard and wings. Pods about as thick as the little finger, lacking transverse grooves, curved in the form of the letter f, covered with bright red down, which causes an unendurable itching. They are divided into 3 or 4 oblique cells each containing a brown, shiny seed.

HABITAT.—Luzon and Panay.

Reference book: The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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