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Local herbal remedies should only be used under the guidance
of a knowledgeable herbal medicine practioner!

Eryngium foetidum is commonly used for epwidan fever, colds from draughts and whenever a diaphoretic is needed.  The entire plant is used or just the leaves, usually as an infusion with a little salt added.  Sometimes it is boiled with white pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan) or with man-better-man root (Archyranthes aspera) and gwen anbayfey blan, Phyllanthus amarus, and one cup is given three times daily, very hot, after meals.  Another herbalist uses the of bwa kannou (Cecropia schreberiana) instead of man-better-man and yet another, go ponpon (Leonotis nepetaefolia), lime leaf (Citrus aurantifolia) and twef (Aristolochia trilobata). Still another combination with the chadon benni and gwen anbayfey blan is three inches of root from a young coconut and an inch of root of spice (Cinnamomum verum).  Salt is added and sometimes lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus).  For measles chadon benni and gwen anbafey blan are boiled with zeb malonmen (Chamaesyce hirta), a piece of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) and six grains of rice.  Chadon benni is also used along for bellyache.  For treating early stages of cancer, chadon benni is mixed with other herbs in a tea.  (See Eupatorium odoratum) Finally, it is used to wash down fishing boats to take out the ``evil eye’’ that prevents a good catch.  To ``free the body of a shame’’ see Leonotis nepetaefolia.

Verna Slane 1987