Medical Herbs Catalogue



Botanical Name: Combretum sundaicum (MIF.)
Family: N.O. Combretaceae Myrobalans
Synonym: Jungle Weed.
Parts Used: Roasted leaves, stalks.
Habitat: Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, and the tropical regions of both Hemispheres

Description: Leaves odourless, taste astringent.

Medicinal Action and Uses: The leaves and stalks roasted have long been used in China in the form of a decoction, as a cure for the opium habit, the daily dose of opium is added to a decoction of the leaves and the patient is given 1 fluid ounce of the mixture every four hours.

Constituents: Combretum contains a large proportion of tannic acid and traces of a glucoside.