- Used in divination - used to make medicine for diviners in the Batoka region of southern Zambia.
- Used in ritual initiation by the Sebei in Kenya.
- Used in `sorcery' in Angola.
- Used to remove spells in Uganda, root powder is rubbed into scarifications.
- Wood is reputed to have supernatural powers and therefore is never used as a fuel.
- Root decoctions are also used for toothache and various body pains.
- The fruits are said to be strongly purgative.
- In Kenya the root decoction is used as a purgative and the bark infusion as an appetizer.
- Branches are used as a good luck charm.
- Alcoholic beverages have been made from the fruit. They are applied in the fermentation process to make beer.
- Twigs broken off from the tree were used as toothbrushes in the old days because of the fibrous texture.
- In traditional medicine root extracts and dried powdered roots are applied for the treatment of gastro-intestinal disturbances, cancer, ulcers, wounds, arthritis, miscarriage, jaundice, snakebites and gonorrhoea.
- The Shangaan people apply ground roots on the skin against leprosy and to relieve headache and toothache.
- In western Kenya Euclea divinorum is one of the species used in the treatment of milk to increase its digestibility, palatability and preservation; sometimes treated milk can be stored for over a year without turning bad, which is vital to the household food security.
Chemical Profile :
- In south-western Ethiopia Euclea divinorum is used to purify drinking water by adding branches to the gourds or pots and leaving them to soak in the water for several hours.
- Naphthaquinones and triterpenoids have been isolated from the dried roots.
- The pentacyclic triterpenes and naphthoquinones, lupeol, lupene, betulin, 7-methyljuglone, isodiospyrin, shinalone, catechin and the novel 3 beta-(5-hydroxyferuloyl) lup-20(30)-ene were isolated from roots of E. divinorum collected in Zimbabwe.
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- Research on the root-bark done in Zimbabwe resulted in the isolation of naphthoquinones and napthoquinone dimers and trimers. Triterpenoids were also isolated.
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