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Witheringia solanacea     Family: Solanaceae     Kichwa: Tsimbiu


Tsimbiu, which grows as a common weed in gardens, is used as a remedy for scabies.  The leaves are crushed into a juicy green pulp and placed on the skin around the affected area.  A drink made from Tsimbiu is also used to induce sterility.

More recently it has also been used as a remedy for diabetes.  Diabetics eat five of the berries daily.

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