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J Ethnopharmacol. 1982 Mar;5(2):117-37.

Various uses of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis L.). A review.


The ancient and modern medicinal uses of the castor bean plant, Ricinus communis L. (Euphorbiaceae), in about fifty countries worldwide, has been surveyed. The different medicinal uses are grouped separately in relation to their pharmacological action, whether real or presumed, within the various medical specialties. The results show an extensive use of this plant throughout the world and the authors suggest that further research should be carried out to determine the active principles present in the various parts of the plant.

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