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Gnaphalium oxyphyllum DC.

General appearance

Plant that measures between 30 to 75cm in height; the stems are covered with velliths that give it a white appearance. The leaves are narrow. The flowers are white or cream and appear in small heads. The fruits are small and the seeds have a plume at the tip.

Unknown origin, it lives in warm, semi-warm and temperate climates between 20 and 1875msnm. Wild plant, grows in cultivation, irrigation and temporary, and abandoned. Associated with disturbed vegetation of deciduous, sub-deciduous, sub-perennial and evergreen tropical forests; xerophytic scrub, thorny forest, mountain mesophile forest, oak and pine forests.

Medical uses of Gnaphalium oxyphyllum

It is the cough, the condition for which this species is most frequently used in some states in the center of the Mexican Republic (Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Michoacán and Sonora). The Gnaphalium oxyphyllum also, it is very useful in pectoral problems, infections in the throat, bronchitis, asthma, and to decongest the bronchi.

Gnaphalium oxyphyllum in gastric disorders intervenes in the treatment of ulcers, stomach pain and intestinal parasites (V. worms).

The whole plant is used with flowers, for example, for cough, which is due to very cold cold, the cooking of the plant is ingested or cooked in milk together with other plants of the same gender and taken on an empty stomach for nine days; if the cough is chronic only the flowers are boiled in milk to be taken three times a day; sometimes the branches are boiled with the leaves together with “ocote” (sp.n / r)

It also deals in the therapeutics of cancer, wounds, fever, dropsy, sciatica and lumbago.

More information: http://www.medicinatradicionalmexicana.unam.mx/monografia.php?l=3&te=Gordolobo&id=7551

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