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Re: aroids as medicines including againt snake bite!

  • Subject: Re: aroids as medicines including againt snake bite!
  • From: "Daniel Devor" <plantguy@zoominternet.net>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:04:22 -0400

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 post.
Good luck,
Gibsonia, PA

J 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 atrox venom.

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.


J Nat 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.


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 8:56 AM
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!


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