Flame Lily – poisonous but medicinal

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Flame Lilly (Gloriosa Superba) Common flower in Asia & Africa. State flower of Tamilnadu & Natioanal flower of Zimbabwe

This plant is poisonous, toxic enough to cause human and animal fatalities if ingested. It has been used to commit murder, to achieve suicide and to kill animals.However I am absolutely amazed looking at the medicinal properties of this plant, in spite of having toxicity its uses in medicines are mind blowing.
The alkaloid-rich plant has long been used as a traditional medicine in many cultures. It has been used in the treatment of gout, infertility, open wounds, snakebite, ulcers, arthritis, cholera, colic, kidney problems, typhus, itching, leprosy, bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, cancer, impotence, nocturnal emission, smallpox, sexually transmitted diseases, and many types of internal parasites. It is an anthelmintic. It has been used as a laxative and an alexiteric. The sap is used to treat acne and head lice. In a pregnant woman, it may cause abortion. In parts of India, extracts of the rhizome are applied topically during childbirth to reduce labor pain.

 

Isn’t it amazing!!