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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.
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Call me an impatient young whippersnapper if you will, but this mass demonstration of the dodderers drove me (no pun intended) What do YOU think?
"We need a few less of us old dodderers and a few more young bloods in the dressing room."
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But even those confused dodderers at the SFA, who wouldn't know a sick patient if he was lying in front of them, have finally realised the time had come for change.
No doubt, there is skulking in a closet somewhere the Hereditary Bearer of the Royal Chantie (just in case - Royals do it just like everyone else, don't you know?) Must we be embarrassed by the Royal bodyguard, the Royal Company of Archers, a bunch of bespectacled dodderers who would be hard put to stagger up the Royal Mile?
While a few other devil-may-care dodderers battle to the death.
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Because viewing the centre of the tennis world for the next two weeks with impeccable eyesight rids the All England Club of its gin-soaked old dodderers image.
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