Action ► Seed—highly toxic. Nut— purgative. Plant—used for scabies, ringworm, eczema, whitlow, warts, syphilis. Stem bark—applied to wounds of animal bites; root bark to sores.
The protein of the seed contains the toxic albumin curcin (protein 18.0%, curcin 0.005%).
Seed and seed oil—more drastic purgative than castor seed oil and milder than Croton tiglium oil.
An aqueous (10%) infusion of leaves increased cardiac contraction is small doses. EtOH (50%) extract of aerial parts—diuretic and CNS depressant.
The seed contain phorbol derivatives. The plant also contains cur-cosones and lathyrane diterpenes.
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