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Any of a family of lichens that contain usnic acid, which is believed to have antibacterial, immune stimulatory and muscle relaxing activity. Lichens are used topically for athlete’s foot and skin ulcers; as a douche for vaginal infections; and internally for colds, flu, sore throat and gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tract infections.
It should not be used in pregnancy, as it stimulates uterine contraction.
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