South African Indigenous Flowering Grassland Plants
||Not endemic to South
|Distribution||Widely distributed in
mainly the eastern parts of southern Africa (found in all the provinces
of South Africa and in Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland). Its
range extends to tropical Africa as far north as Kenya
||The powdered root is used
to treat wounds and abscesses. It is widely used in Africa and
elsewhere, and sold in Europe as an anti-diarrhoeal under the name
Uzura. In traditional medicine it is also used to treat headaches. Dry
powdered root and extracts of the root are apparently an excellent
remedy for painful menstrual cramps and have an antispasmodic action.
The root has been widely used for treating indigestion and malaria and other fever, including typhoid. An infusion is taken by mouth for malaria causing profuse perspiration.