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                    Medicinal Tubers

Yucca- Tapioca

Manihot esculenta Crantz

Euphorbiaceae, Cassava, Tapioca, Manioc, Mandioca, Yuca

Medicinally, the poisonous juice is boiled down to a syrup and given as an aperient (Guiana). Fresh rhizome made into a poultice is applied to sores. The flour cooked in grease, the leaf stewed and pulped, and the root decocted as a wash are said to be folk remedies for tumors. According to Hartwell (1967–1971), cassava is used in folk remedies for cancerous affections, condylomata, excrescences of the eye, and tumors. Reported to be antiseptic, cyanogenetic, demulcent, diuretic, and POISON, cassava is a folk remedy for abscesses, boils, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, dysentery, flu, hernia, inflammation, marasmus, prostatitis, snakebite, sore, spasm, swellings, and testicles. (Duke and Wain, 1981).

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