Scientific Name:Carduus leptacanthus  
Vernacular Name:Ikigwarara , Mugabudasumirwa
Family name :Ikigwarara , Mugabudasumirwa
Geographic Distribution:Savanna, perturbed land, mountain forest, 1800 2850 m

Botanical Description

A bush or herb of 60 cm tall. Stems, ramifications and leaves  are covered of spiny tomenta. Flowers bear an involucres of  prickly  bracts.

Medicinal Use

Mixed with other plants, it cures malaria.

In Rwanda, healers use it to treat cough. Uwimana Beatha, a TMP in the Southern province, Gisagara district uses and Coryza sumatrensis in combination with Grewia similis, Mitragyne rubrostipulata and Urtica dioica in the treatment of females’ urinaly tract infections . In south of Benin, Togo And Ghana, traditional popular knowledge indicate that conyza aegyptiaca is used mainly  to treat  female infertility and several diseases. An infusion of the plant hs been been used to treat diarrhoea, and internal haemorrhages, or applied externally to treat gonorrhea and bleeding piles. The leaves are experimentally hypoglyceamic. The essential oil found in found in the leaves  is used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery and internal haemorrhages.

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