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Medicinal Uses: While the roots and leaves of this deciduous bush have medicinal uses, it is the flowers that are used most commonly. Acrid in flavor and neutral in nature, if used internally, it can remove heat from the blood, reduce swelling and detoxify. If pounded and applied externally, it relieves inflammation and reduces swelling. The flower’s nutritional properties are purported to be good for menopausal women. It balances hormones, and purifies your blood. The roots and leaves, ground into paste, is good for treating diabetics with leg problems. The abundant mucilage contained in the tissues makes the plant an effective emollient for burns. Leaves and flowers kill pain; expel phlegm; treat excessive

bleeding urination

during menstruation, painful , inflammation and snake bites. A

decoction of the flowers is used in the treatment of lung ailments.

Culinary Uses: Leaves and the fibrousy root, little flavor but mucilaginous.

Other Uses: A fiber from the bark is used for making rope.

References: An Illustrated Dictionary of Chinese Medicinal Herbs, Wee Yeow Chin & Hsuan Keng, CRCS Publications; 1992; ISBN: 0-916360-53-9 Plants for a Future Database

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