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Anthocleista nobilis occurs from Senegal East to Central African Republic, Benin, Gabon and the Congo. It is widely used throughout its distribution area as a strong purgative and diuretic. A root decoction is commonly taken to treat constipation, to regulate menstruation and as an abortifacient. It is used as a wash, bath or vapour bath to treat leprosy, venereal diseases, oedema and scrotal elephantiasis. In Sierra Leone a decoction of the roots with lemon is taken to treat hepatitis.

Bark pulp is used as an enema to treat intestinal parasites. A bark decoction is taken or used as vapour bath to treat fever, stomach-ache, leprosy, gonorrhoea and dysmenorrhoea.

Anthocleista - Sexually Transmitted Infections: Anthocleista is a shrub-like tropical plant in the gentian family and native mainly to tropical Africa including Madagascar. The roots of this medicinal shrub can be used to treat a variety of STI's.  Wash the roots and boil them in water for an hour. One glass of this infusion taken daily for a couple of months can reduce the pain caused by syphilis and other diseases. If Anthocleista roots are not available, boil pieces of the bark and leaves. The fruits of the tree can also be eaten raw and can help. 


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