Steve, a quick follow-up from pub-med on Dracontium
gives the following hits that may be relevant....there were a couple of others
that were not. The first 2 deal with anti-venom properties as you can see
from the titles and the third looks at immunomodulation.
Not a lot in the classic scientific literature, but
lots from traditional healing sorts of reports as I mentioned in my last
Ethnopharmacol. 2000 Aug;71(3):505-11.
Snakebites and ethnobotany in the northwest region
of Colombia: Part II: neutralization of lethal and enzymatic effects of Bothrops
Otero R, Núñez V, Jiménez SL, Fonnegra R, Osorio RG, García ME, Díaz A.
Braz J Med Biol Res. 2004 Jul;37(7):969-77. Epub
2004 Jun 22.
Neutralization of the edema-forming, defibrinating
and coagulant effects of Bothrops asper venom by extracts of plants used by
healers in Colombia.
Núñez V, Otero R, Barona J, Saldarriaga M, Osorio RG, Fonnegra R, Jiménez SL, Díaz A, Quintana JC.
Prod. 2009 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print]
Oxylipins from Dracontium loretense.
Benavides A, Napolitano A, Bassarello C, Carbone V, Gazzerro P, Malfitano A, Saggese P, Bifulco M, Piacente S, Pizza C.
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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!