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Chinese medicine
A parasitic growth on plants, the seeds of which are tonic, nutritive and general stimulants. Dodder is used to strengthen the musculoskeletal system, retard ageing and improve vision, and it has been used for impotence, premature ejaculation, urinary frequency and incontinence, diarrhoea, low back pain, pre-senile dementia, prostate problem, threatened abortion, tinnitus, vertigo and blurred vision.

Herbal medicine
European dodder has been used by Western herbalists as a laxative and for renal and hepatic disease.


a genus of parasitic plants in the family Convolvulaceae; an unidentified toxin causes nervousness, staggering vomiting, diarrhea. Includes C. campestris, C. epithymium, C. europea, C. trifolii. Called also dodder.
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Effect of methanol extract of Cuscuta reflexa aerial parts on hepatotoxicity induced by antitubercular drugs in rats.
b) A combination of Nepeta cataria and Cuscuta reflexa reduced adverse effects of hormone therapy.
Components of the ether-insoluble resin glycoside fraction from the seed of Cuscuta australis.
However, Palmer and his colleagues found that several Plantago species carry versions of a gene called atp1 that looks more like the comparable gene in either Bartsia or Cuscuta than like the one found in other Plantago species.
The monotypic family Cuscutaceae has a cosmopolitan occurrence, represented solely by one genus Cuscuta (dodder), with many species native to North America (Kuijt 1969).
Heterochromatin and rDNA sites distribution in the holocentric chromosomes of Cuscuta approximata Bab.
Lytton Musselman of Old Dominion University for his Cuscuta determination.
Cuscuta indecora Choisy occurs abundantly in the Nueces River bottom near Calallen (Jones 1982).
The preferred host of the parasitic flowering plant Cuscuta salina in the Carpinteria salt marsh of California is Salicornia virginica in the high-Salicornia zone (Pennings & Callaway, 1996).
Electron microscopy of the filiform seedling axis of Cuscuta pedicellata.