Poison lettuce, green lettuce and wild lettuce. SEDATIVE AND SLEEP INDUCTIVE

Ebyampingano lettuces are tender and milky good for salads but not medicinal herb.                                                                                                                                      CHLOROPHYLL: contains mineral salts vitamins and bitter substance. LATEX is good for nervures system; it is solidification (okwanika) sedative, anuphrodisiac kukyendeza omuhino (iriba) sexual excision wet dream and disorderly appetite for fornication (akabarondoozi). ANTITUSSIVE: for irritant cough and whooping cough. Blender three leaves to one glass and do it three times a day or boil 100g per liter of water for 10mm and sweet it with Haney a half a glass x3.

Medicinal use of Prickly Lettuce: 

The whole plant is rich in a milky sap that flows freely from any wounds. This hardens and dries when in contact with the air. The sap contains “lactucarium”, which is used in medicine for its anodyne, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, hypnotic, narcotic and sedative properties. Lactucarium has the effects of feeble opium, but without its tendency to cause digestive upsets, nor is it addictive. It is taken internally in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, neuroses, hyperactivity in children, dry coughs, whooping cough, rheumatic pain etc. Concentrations of lactucarium are low in young plants and most concentrated when the plant comes into flower. It is collected commercially by cutting the heads of the plants and scraping the juice into china vessels several times a day until the plant is exhausted. This species does not contain as much lactucarium as L. virosa. An infusion of the fresh or dried flowering plant can also be used. The plant should be used with caution, and never without the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Even normal doses can cause drowsiness whilst excess cause’s restlessness and overdoses can cause death through cardiac paralysis. The fixed oil from the seeds is said to possess antipyretic and hypnotic properties. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of chronic catarrh, coughs, swollen liver, flatulence and ailments of the urinary tract.

The seed contains 35.2% of a semi-drying oil. It is used in soap making, paints, varnishes etc.


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