Dosages Sodoms Milkweed

200-600 mg bark as a diaphoretic and expectorant, 2-4 g as emetic (HHB; PHR). Boil seven leaves for 1 hour in 50 ml water; drink 4 x/day (HDN).

• Arabians mix leaves with clove oil, Indian almond fruit, and black cumin seeds, heat, and rub onto paralyzed limbs (GHA).

• Asian Indians use the roots or leaves for cancer, especially abdominal tumors (JLH).

• Ayurvedics consider the flowers antisialogogue, orexigenic, stomachic, and tonic, using them for asthma and piles; viewing the plant as anthelmintic, its ashes as expectorant, they use the hot leaves to treat enteralgia (KAB).

• Baluchistani use the bark as an expectorant, roots as purgative, and dried juice as antispasmodic and neurotonic (GHA)

• Barbadans apply latex or leaves to rheumatic pains or swelling (JFM).

• Colombians consider the latex antisyphilitic, diaphoretic, emetic, vermifuge, and insert it into aching teeth (JFM)

• Curacaons use fresh leaves, upper surface out, for headaches, and for sprains and swellings, especially when a cold is coming on (JFM).

• Egyptian Bedouins use fresh leaf cataplasm for sunstroke, the latex for scabies in camels and goats; they apply the latex to loosen them or alleviate toothache (BOU).

• Lebanese use latex as abortifacient, fungicide, vulnerary, for arthrosis, dermatosis, dropsy, earache, headache, venereal disease, and wounds (HJP).

• North Africans smoke dry leaves for asthma (BOU).

• North Africans use stomachic sudorific root bark for dysentery, elephantiasis, and syphilitic ulcers (BOU).

• Omani oil painful spots on back or joints and then apply heated Calotropis leaves (GHA).

• Pathans use the root as a toothbrush, hoping to cure toothache (KAB).

• Venezuelans use the latex to treat dermatoses and leprosy (JFM).

• Yemeni use dry leaf/twig decoction for breathing difficulties (GHA).

Downsides: (Giant Milkweed):

No health hazards or side effects known with proper therapeutic dosages (PH2). Dangerous plant. Very high doses may cause death (PH2), following bradycardia, convulsion, diarrhea, and vomiting (PH2). Traditional use in India may cause severe bullous dermatosis, leading occasionally to hypertrophic scars. Perkins and Payne note convulsions, diarrhea, vomiting, slowed but stronger heartbeat, labored respiration, increased blood pressure, and possible death (CRC).

Extracts (Giant Milkweed):

Calotropine effective in vitro against epidermoid tissue cultures of the rhinopharynx (PH2). Many extract activities listed in HDN.

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