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Re: 'Ocumo', local aroid name.

  • Subject: Re: 'Ocumo', local aroid name.
  • From: elizabeth@begoniac.com
  • Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 11:14:51 -0600 (CST)
  • Content-Disposition: inline

On Mon, 19 November 2001, "Eduardo Goncalves" wrote:

> Dear Julius,
>     This is me again. Take a look at this site:
> >http://noticias.eluniversal.com/cocina/coci27_0299.htm
>      There are some interesting information about the "ocumo", including the 
> origin of name. It is in Spanish, but since you knowledge in this language 
> is better than mine, there will be no problem for you.
>                      Very best wishes,
>                          Eduardo.

Very interesting the ethnobotanical uses of ocumo described at the end of that article.  Has anyone on the list ever tried it for asthma, chronic catarrh or snakebite?  Has anyone ever used any other aroid medicinally?  Does anyone know how to get the book on indigenous medicine, by Gerónimo Pompa, which was mentioned?

Elizabeth Mateus

Aparece el ocumo en la Materia médica del doctor José María Benítez, escrita a mediados del pasado siglo y en la cual se adjudican a los polvos de la raíz seca del ocumo, propiedades medicinales contra el asma y los catarros crónicos, puntualizándose que: "Se asegura que las hojas del ocumo preservan de la moderdura de las culebras, estregándose con ella los pies y manos". Estas bondades de nuestra tuberosa vienen confirmadas con el curioso Gerónimo Pompa en sus Medicamentos indígenas.

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