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Table 5 Medicinal properties of Blighia sapida in Benin

From: Uses, traditional management, perception of variation and preferences in ackee (Blighia sapida K.D. Koenig) fruit traits in Benin: implications for domestication and conservation

Disease/virtue Composition/preparation Dosage
1 Whitlow Bark + common beans or cowpeas + salt. Crush the mixed Application of the mixture on the finger
   Crush roasted seeds + palm kernel oil  
   Crush roasted seeds roasted and + palm oil  
   Incinerate a mix of ackee seeds + cashew nuts. Add palm oil to the ashes  
2 Head lice Incinerate the capsules to obtain ashes Use the ashes to wash the head
3 Dental decay Crush seeds + salt Put on the decaying teeth
   Crush dried bark Put on the hole of the decaying teeth
4 Child Fever Infusion of the roots Wash the child with the infusion
   Decoction of leaves and bark Wash the child with the decoction
   Triturate leaves with water  
5 Fever Triturate leaves of ackee and teak (Tectona grandis L. f.)  
   Triturate leaves of ackee and mango (Mangifera indica L.)  
6 Yellow Fever Crush dried bark into powder + salt Add the mix to a porridge and drink it
   Crush bark + African locust bean (Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) R.Br. ex G.Don) mustard Eat
7 Eyes problems Soak bark in water Wash the eyes with the water
8 Bite of scorpion or snake Crush dried bark into powder + salt Application on the wounded zone and eat also
9 Malaria Infusion of bark + seeds of green pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) + soya bean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) leaves Take three glass per day
   Infusion of ackee and papaya (Carica papaya L.) leaves  
   Infusion of bark  
   Decoction of leaves  
   Decoction of dried bark  
10 Healing of wound Crush bark or seeds into powder Application into the wound
11 Apparition of the first children's teeth Decoction of leaves and bark Make drink the child
12 Abscess Crush bark + common beans or cowpeas Application on the abscess
   Crush roasted seeds + oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) oil  
13 Burns Crush and press the bark to gather the juice + honey Application on the burn area
14 Cutaneous infections, buttons on the body Infusion of leaves and bark Take a shower with the infusion
15 Internal hemorrhage Crush dried bark Add to porridge and drink
16 Pregnant woman blood flow Macerate leaves previously exposed to the dew + limestone Drink three glasses per day
17 Constipation Decoction of bark  
18 Anemia Decoction of roots  
19 Vomiting Decoction of leaves  
20 Dysentery Decoction of leaves + shea (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) butter  
21 Guinea worm infection (Dracunculiasis) Crush dried bark + shea (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) butter + potash Apply the mix on the skin
22 Fracture Macerate leaves Massage the fractured limb