MEDICINAL: Leaves bruised, steeped in water. Decoction used for paipai, a skin complaint (Taylor 1870 ; Kerry-Nicholls 1886).
'aromatic and stimulant' Taylor 1870
Bark - substitute for quinine (Kirk, in Taylor 1870). 'aromatic and pungent ... the 'Winter's Bark' of New Zealand' (Armstrong 1870).
Occasionally used by settlers suffering from diarrhoea (Kirk 1889).
Sap used by bushmen for stomach ache (Goldie 1905 ; Best 1906, 1908).
Leaves - decoction called 'bushman's painkiller'. Chewed for toothache. Rubbed on breast when weaning infants - gives bitter taste (Best 1908, 1929 ; Adams 1945)
Excellent astringent and stimulating properties; anti-scorbutic (Faulkner 1958).
Leaves - infusion for chest ailments. Aides Lungs, reduces sniffing nose and light sinus, reduces flem, good for the lungs, assists with breathing.
For related pharmacology, see Brooker, Cambie and Cooper, 1987.
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