Although, jatropha (Physic nuts) is widely used in traditional medicine and to some extent in modern medicine, extreme caution should be taken when using any part of the plant because it is very poisonous for internal use.
Every part of this plant has a medicinal use.
The latex of this plant has antibiotic properties against Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogen. This part also have coagulating effects on blood plasma.
Methanol extracted from the leaves can provide protection for cultured human Lympoblastois cells against cytopathic effects of the human immuno deficiency virus.
Leave infusion is used as a diuretic for bathing, to treat cough and as enema to treat convulsions.
It is also used to treat fever, rheumatic pain, round work wounds and poor growth or development of foetus in pregnant women.
The juice from the leaves is use for treatment of tooth decay.
BARK (JUICE OF THE BARK)
The juice of the bark is used in the treatment of fever.
It is also useful in reducing swelling caused by inflammation. And also applied externally to treat burnts, eczema and ringworm.
Fresh bark cut into smaller pieces and chewed or kept in the mouth for 1-2hours in order to treat pyorrhea.
Paste of the bark treat wounds and swellings of the gums.
They are considered good for the treatment of bleeding and swelling gums.
The seeds are you for treatment of syphilis.
The oil from the seeds is use for the treatment of skin diseases such as herpes, eczema, itches, boil and soothe pain such as one caused by rheumatism.
It is also used to stimulate hair growth and serve as an ingredient in oily extract,known in Hausa as ''kufi'' which is a rubefacient for rheumatism and for parasitic conditions.
The bark of the roots is use to relieve spasms of infantile tenanus and used for treat jaundice, sores and dysentery.
The juice of the roots is applied to boils and pimples.
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