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Used Part.

The branches with leaves.

Active Principles.

Polyphenolic compounds derived from pirocatecol: urushiol, ureshenol. Flavonoid derivatives kenferol, miricitrósido, Querceta. Abundant tannins (more than 25%)

Drug Action.

In topical use: rubefaciente, analgesic.


Osteoarticular inflammation, myalgia, muscle contractures, neuralgia.


Do not apply on affected areas of skin.

Side Effects.

The latex of the fresh plant produces contact dermatitis.

Caution / Poisoning.

Do not use via internal dose and weight: the ingestion of leaves or fruit box triggers a toxic gastroenteritis and can cause death by respiratory collapse.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Linimiento, oleate, applied in the form of massage.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M. Dans la Plantes Les Thérapeutiques Moderne. 2. Paris: Maloine, 1986, pp. 366 - 7.

James, A; Duke, Ph. D. Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. 5. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 1987, p. 405 - 6, 445; 458; 522; 564.

Paris, RR; Moyse, M. Summary of Matter Médicale. Take II. Paris: Masson, 1967, p. 309.

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