Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Hura brasiliensis

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Myth or Legend -  There are no specific legends attached to most Amerindian forest plants, as they are considered to be part of the soul of the forest, and of all being, and therefore, equally sacred. To the Tribes of the Amazon basin, the idea of total destruction of a plant was anathema, and they would only use parts of the plant, so that the plant would continue to provide and exist.

HURA, Sand-box tree. Two species of Hura, the Hura brasiliensis, Willdenow (more), and Hura crepitans, Linné (more), both of the Nat. Ord.—Euphorbiaceae, furnish medicines. The latter is indigenous to Central and South America, and to the West Indies. It is known as ajuapar. The seed capsules break with violence, scattering the seeds, which are used in Mexico under the name habilla or pepita de San Ignacio, as a drastic cathartic. They have a pleasant, sweet taste. The leaves, after being prepared in oil, are applied in rheumatism. An acrid, milky juice is obtained from the tree. This juice, as well as the seeds and bark, is emeto-cathartic, acting somewhat like the euphorbiaceous plants in general. The Hura brasiliensis is known in South America as assacou or ussacu. It differs from the preceding in having oblong, in place of ovate catkins. The bark casca de assacou, like to the first species, is acrid.