There is a HUGE market for Jergon Sacha
(Dracontium) coming out of South America for virtually everything that ails you
and there have supposedly even been some clinical trials I believe. If you
Google either Dracontium or Jergon Sacha you will find a wealth of
You can also buy powdered Amorphophallus
konjac for all of your aches and pains of course.
The real question is have there been any
serious clinical trials to substantiate these claims? I realize that these
sorts of studies are normally well behind the reality people know on the ground,
but ultimately I think they are required both for medicine and for making people
want to protect their native species.
Hope this helps your research!
By the way, Steve M., I recently tried to post a
pic of my Dracontium polyphyllum that is in bloom, but it never seems to have
made it through......any ideas on why this is?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 8:56
Subject: [Aroid-l] aroids as medicines
including againt snake bite!
I am curious if any of you know anything about
the use of aroids as a medicine. I have had a brief discussion with a
friend in Ecuador about the possibility the oxalates in the juices of
some of some aroids counteracting the venom of snakes.
Pete Boyce has a mention of this in his paper A review of Alocasia
(Araceae: Colocasieae) for Thailand including a novel species and new species
records from South-West Thailand in regard to Alocasia cucullata
and my friend in Ecuador explained Anthurium species and other aroids
that "bleed" white are used as an "ant-bite" while "clear bleeders" are
considered to be better against snakes. In Ecuador Caladium is
also used by the Shuar and jungle Kichua to treat snakebites.
Julius, since you are our resident expert on Caladium, tell us
what you know!