plantain

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plantain

(1) A perennial herb, the seeds of which contain alkaloids, glycosides, mucilage, silica and tannins. Plantains are anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant.

Chinese medicine
Plantain is used for dysuria, ocular pain, urinary tract infections, poor vision and problems of childbirth.

Herbal medicine
Western herbal medicine, plantains are used internally as bulk laxatives, for bronchitis, cystitis, diarrhoea, fungal infections, haemorrhoids, hepatitis, neuralgias and urinary tract infections, and topically for cuts, stings, bites, tumours and varicose veins. 
 
(2) Psyllium, see there; Plantago psyllium.
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Cuando mi madre me vendio en la costa de Guinea por diez escudos patacones, me dijo: "Querido hijo, bendice a nuestros fetiches, adoralos siempre, ellos te ayudaran a vivir feliz; tienes el gran honor de ser esclavo de nuestros senores los blancos, y con ello le traeras fortuna a tu padre y a tu madre." Yo no se si a ellos les traje fortuna, pero ellos a mi no me la trajeron.
El que tiene un negocio y cuatro patacones no puede ser un acrata.
The service was excellent and our dishes an amazing beef carpaccio and hash of patacones (fried green plantains) with grilled langostinos as appetizers, beer-marinated sea bass and beer slow-roasted boneless short ribs as entrees were mouth-watering.