Kumarahou - Pomaderris kumeraho

Common English name

Gumdiggers Soap.

Family

Rhamnaceae.

Genus

Pomaderris.

Description

A small shrub to 3 metres tall. An endemic NZ vascular plant species not found throughout and non- threatened.

Related pharmacology

Alphitonia neocaledonica used for eczema, skin conditions and rheumatic pains.

Alphitonia ziziphoides used for fever, swellings and earache.

Related Rhamnus sp. Contains Anthraquinone glycosides useful in constipation, pneumonia, colic, chest complaints and as blood purifiers.

Maori Medicinal Uses

Boiling the leaves in water and drunk for chest conditions.

Fresh leaves were rubbed on wounds.

Constituents

Flavonols quercetin and kaempferol.

Ellagic acid and its O-methyl esters. Saponins acetate, leucocyanidin and leucodelphinidin.

Actions

Alterative

Parts used

Leaves, leaf stem and flowers.

Dosage
Internal

Small teacup 2-3 times daily.

External

Fresh leaves and twigs boiled for infusion and 1 cup added to warm bath for skin problems.

Main uses
Internal

Blood purifier, kidneys, urinary, all skin problems.

Bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, coughs, colds, asthma.

External

All skin problems including cancer.


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