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peach,

n Prunus persica; parts used: bark, kernel oil, leaves, seeds; uses: bark and leaves anthelmintic, astringent, antifungal, diuretic, insomnia, cough, constipation, minor skin conditions, peach pits (under the product name, Laetrile) are the source for the controversial and dangerous cancer treatment; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; pits can cause cyanide poisoning. Also called
amygdalin, Laetrile, or
vitamin B-17.

peach

the fruiting tree of the genus Prunus and the family Rosaceae. The leaves and pips of this and other members of the family contain cyanogenetic glycosides and are potentially poisonous. Engorgement on the fruit may cause lactic acidosis and in occasional cases an entire fruit lodges in the esophagus and obstructs it. Called also Prunus persica.