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DIEFFENBACH Dr. E. (Naturalist, New Zealand Company) 7 October 1843. Letter on 'Medicinal qualities of Phormium Tenax'. Southern Cross: 4
AUTHOR: DIEFFENBACH Dr. E. (Naturalist, New Zealand Company)
PUBLICATION DATE: 7 October 1843
TITLE: Letter on 'Medicinal qualities of Phormium Tenax'
PUBLISHER: Southern Cross
MEDICINAL: Flax root a powerful medicine, related to sarsaparilla. Decoction increases secretions of mucous membranes and external skin. Purgative, expectorant, strongly diuretic. After its use, skin covered with perspiration. 'Assured most inveterate cases of syphilis, chronic anthematic diseases and scrophulosis have yielded to it' Nauseous taste, so mixed with kawakawa leaves or mānuka.
LINK WORDS: Leptospermum, flax medicinal, Macropiper, Phormium
RECORD NUMBER: 2533