Study of two plants used in traditional medicine in Zimbabwe for skin problems and rheumatism: Dioscorea sylvatica and Urginea altissima.

@article{Cogne2001StudyOT,
  title={Study of two plants used in traditional medicine in Zimbabwe for skin problems and rheumatism: Dioscorea sylvatica and Urginea altissima.},
  author={Andr{\'e} Cogne and Andrew Marston and Stephen Mavi and Kurt Hostettmann},
  journal={Journal of ethnopharmacology},
  year={2001},
  volume={75 1},
  pages={51-3}
}
Two plants used in Zimbabwean traditional medicine, Dioscorea sylvatica (Dioscoreaceae) and Urginea altissima (Liliaceae), produce mild inflammation and itching when rubbed on the skin. Investigations of the causes of these cutaneous reactions showed that raphides of calcium oxalate are, at least in part, responsible for the effects. Histamine could not be detected. 

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