To name just a few, Phytotherapeutic Medical practice suggests the following remedies:
Etc., etc... One could continue like that, and ad infinitum, to compare the data from the Phytotherapeutic type of Medicine to what is given by the pharmaceutical laboratories. The numbers of herbs utilized in Haiti are in the hundreds and such a study would certainly prove to be interesting. So interesting, that in 1983, according to the then director of USIS, the United States Information Agency in Haiti, more than a thousand anthropologists, ethnologists, biochemists coming from the U.S. alone, were roaming around the country. Some of them, indeed, had found the gems they were looking for. I will only mention for the record what must be considered very remarkable discoveries, indeed:
However, it should also be noted that economic, political and other constraints at times influence the carrying out of treatments. Nevertheless, the arsenal of pharmaceutical products is naturally produced, of course. Extremely rich, it is abundantly supplied, and those products never need electricity nor refrigeration for their preservation.
1 Laboratories have effectively put in evidence the presence of a pyrolophenanthrenic alkaloid in the "zonyon dilin"; a strong antibiotic activity particularly against the staphylococcus aureus and the Bacillus subtilis in the extract from the pulp of "Kalbas"; steroids, polyphenols and alkaloids in the roots of the "Kòk souri".
2 Presence of cyanogenic derivatives and steroids in "degonfle" leaves; hyoscyamine, atropine and scopolamine in the "konkonb zonbi"; some nitro-steroids like tomatidin, solanidin, furocoumarin, tryptamin in tomato leaves. "Bonbonyen" contains b-sitosterol, lantaden and some terpenic acids.
3 Vervain leaves have gamma-amino butyric acid and dopamine; thoroughwort leaves contain chalcon, odoratin, flavonoid, isosakuratin, salvigenin and some sesquiterpenic and triterpenic acids such as eupatol, lupeol, and b-amyrin; thyme, an essential oil rich in thymol and carvacrol (20-70%), cymen, pinene, borneol, linalool, etc... On top of their bactericidal and fungicidal activities, they are also antispasmodic. Kidney bean leaves contain some very efficient cyanogenetic derivatives; "pom kajou" leaves juglon, cycloartenol and cycloeucalenol; "fèy doliv" leaves contain carotenoid, benzylsevenol and pterygospermin; coffee leaves contain methyl salicylate, caffeine which is well known to excite the nervous system and to be at the same time tonicardiac. Furthermore, it accelerates the respiratory processes.
4 Laboratories have put in evidence the presence of certain glucidic derivatives, pectin, rheine and sennosides A and B in "kas dou" leaves; anthocyanate glucosides, hydroxy-5-tryptamin, salicylic acid in marigouya leaves.
6 Laboratories have shown the evidence of vitamin C, cardol and anacardol in the bark of the "pom kajou"; the leaves of the trumpet-tree contain a leucocyanidin, some steroids and an ursolic acid; the "pitimi" is a glucide that contains some cyanogenetic derivatives. The "pwa congo" has shown the presence of an isoflavone which is fungicide, called cajanon. It is also a good source of protein.
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