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wrote on Feb 8, 2007:
Costus speciosus
setawar halia
Malaysia. Whole plant boiled for a decoction to bathe patients with high fever & for smallpox. Stem scrapings for leprous skin. Juice of rhizome is purgative. Malays attribute magical properties: drives away spirits causing illness.

if i'm not mistaken

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