Cuscuta

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dodder

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.

Cuscuta

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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