100 g seed/liter water; 1/2 cup 2-3 x/day (MPG); 100 g root/500 ml water; 1/2 cup 2-3 x/day (MPG).
• Argentines take root as antimalarial, digestive, diuretic, and emollient (MPG).
• Bolivians take the leaf decoction for liver and stomach problems (MPG).
• Canary Islanders use shoots for diarrhea, dysentery, fever, hepatitis, and oliguria (MPG).
• Europeans recommend the plant for rabies (MPG).
• Lebanese reportedly feed children crushed seed to make blood and bones strong (HJP).
• Lebanese suggest a leaf tea for indigestion, a strong decoction for ulcers, internal or external (HJP).
• Lebanese use powdered seed to treat boils (HJP).
• Lebanese use the plant in steam baths to treat colds and rheumatism (HJP).
• Ukrainians use as calmative and sedative, and for dysentery, epilepsy, and hydrophobia (HJP).
• Uruguayans use the root as antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, laxative, and use for hepatoses; other parts of the plant are taken in decoction or tea for malaria (MPG).
Downsides (Spiny Cocklebur):
Contraindicated in small children and lactating or pregnant women; possibly depressant, antifertil-ity (VAD). As of November 2004, the FDA Poisonous Plant Database listed 24 titles alluding to the toxicity of this species.
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