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Table 1 Ethnomedicinal plants used for "cooling", high cholesterol and urinary problems in Trinidad and Tobago

From: Ethnomedicines used in Trinidad and Tobago for urinary problems and diabetes mellitus

Scientific name Family Common name Part used Use
Apium graveolens Apiaceae Celery   Kidney tonic
Bauhinia cumanensis /excisa Fabaceae Monkey step Bark Gall stones
Begonia humilis Begoniaceae Lozeille   Cooling
Bontia daphnoides Myoporaceae Olive bush Leaves Cooling
Capraria biflora Scrophulariaceae Du thé pays Leaves Gall stones, cooling
Cassia alata Fabaceae Senna Leaves Cooling with cloves & ginger
Chamaesyce hirta Euphorbiaceae Mal nommée   Kidney problems
Cissus verticillata Vitaceae Blister bush Vine Cooling
Cocos nucifera Arecaceae Coconut Root Bladder stones
Coleus aromaticus Lamiaceae Spanish thyme Leaves Cooling
Commelina elegans Commelinaceae Water grass Plant Cooling
Costus scaber Zingiberaceae Wild cane   Cleans bladder
Cuscuta americana Convolvulaceae Love vine Vine Cooling
Cynodon dactylon Poaceae Dube   Stoppage of water
Cyperus rotundus Cyperaceae Nut grass   Cooling
Desmodium canum Fabaceae Sweet heart bush Plant Cooling
Eleusine indica Poaceae Dead man's grass Root, Leaves Urinary
Entada polystachya Fabaceae Mayoc chapelle   Cooling
Flemingia strobilifera Fabaceae Kidney bush   Kidney problems
Gomphrena globosa Amaranthaceae Bachelor button Leaves Urinary problems
Hibiscus sabdariffa Malvaceae Sorrel Flower & seed Cleans liver and blood
Justicia pectoralis Acanthaceae Carpenter grass Leaves Cooling
Kalachoe pinnata Crassulaceae Wonder of the world Leaves Cooling, Bladder stones
Lepianthes peltata Piperaceae Lani bois Leaves Tea
Mimosa pudica Fabaceae Ti marie, mese marie   Cooling, Kidney problems
Momordica charantia Cucurbitaceae Caraaili Vine Cooling
Musa species Musaceae Banana Dry leaf Boil for cooling
Nopalea cochinellifera Cactaceae Rachette Joint Kidney stones
Peperomia rotundifolia Piperaceae Giron fleur, mowon   Kidney problems
Peperomia pellucida Piperaceae Shining bush   Cooling
Petiveria alliacea Phytolaccaceae Mapourite, kudjuruk   Kidney problems
Pilea microphylla Urticaceae Du thé bethelmay Leaves Bladder cleanser
Pityrogramma calomelanos Pteridaceae Fern   Urinary problems
Portulaca oleraceae Portulacaceae Pussley Plant Cholesterol, shortness of breath
Ruellia tuberosa Acanthaceae Minny root Root Cooling
Sansevieria guineensis Agavaceae Langue bouef, lash Leaves Cooling
Scoparia dulcis Scrophulariaceae Sweet broom Plant Cooling for babies
Solanum americanum Solanaceae Agouma, gouma Plant Cooling, provides iron
Solanum melongena Solanaceae Melongene Fruit Cholesterol
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis Verbenaceae Vervine Leaves Cooling
Theobroma cacao Sterculiaceae Cocoa Core Eat for urinary problems
Tournefortia hirsutissima Boraginaceae Chigger bush Leaves Cooling
Vetiveria zizanioides Poaceae Vetivert   Urinary problems
Zea mays Poaceae Corn silk Stigma Diuretic