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What are the medicinal uses of gumamela?

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* Gumamela, also known as Hibiscus is used for a variety of ailments-partly because there are so many species * - roselle lowers fevers and high blood pressure, increases urination, relieves coughs, and has been found to have antibacterial properties. All parts of the plant are used, from the seeds to the roots. * -Syricias is used mainly for respiratory problems, but is also widely used for skin disorders or to treat fevers.

* Rose of Sharon is used externally as an emollient, but is also taken internally for gastrointestinal disorders. * FEVER * Common hibiscus has been found to be particularly useful for children's fevers. * RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

Common hibiscus is used to treat coughs by placing extracts from the plant in the patient's bath or in water used for steam inhalations. Hibiscus is often combined with other herbs to make cough syrup. * HYPERTENSION

Roselle and rose of Sharon contain hypotensive compounds that lower the blood pressure. Roselle's ability to lower blood pressure may be due to its diuretic and laxative effects. The plant contains ascorbic and glycolic acids, which increase urination. * SKIN CONDITIONS

Hibiscus is a natural emollient, used for softening or healing the skin. The leaves and flowers of the roselle are used all around the world for their emollient qualities. When the leaves are heated, they can be placed on cracked feet or on boils and ulcers to promote healing. Since the herb is a cooling herb, when applied externally it cools the surface of the skin by increasing blood flow to the epidermis and dilating the pores of the skin. A lotion made from of hibiscus leaves can be used to soothe hemorrhoids, sunburn, open sores,

* Hibiscus has been credited with a wide range of healing properties; The plant is used to treat alopecia, scurvy, menstrual cramps labor pains, ascariasis, cancer and TB

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