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J Ethnopharmacol. 1984 Aug; 11(3): 245-57.

A drug used in traditional medicine. Harpagophytum procumbens DC. I. Scanning electron microscope observations.

Ragusa S, Circosta C, Galati EM, Tumino G.

Histological characteristics, as observed by scanning electron microscope, of the secondary roots of Harpagophytum procumbens DC. (Pedaliaceae), a drug widely used in South African traditional medicine, specially by Bushmen, Hottentots and Bantu, are described in detail. It has been possible to reveal some morphological elements that, together with superficial granular material containing harpagoside and harpagide, allow drug identification.

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