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Synonyms: Physalis alkekengi francheti
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family, Potato Family)
Physalis is a genus or group of herbaceous plants belonging to the solanaceae (nightshade) family, related to tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Some are grown in the garden for their large, brightly colored, inflated papery husks and others for their small, edible fruits. Most are native to warm climates and are sensitive to cold temperatures, so start plants early indoors.
Medicinal use of Physalis alkekengi franchetii-Winter Cherry: The plant has a long history of herbal use, and an interesting chemistry, but it is seldom used in modern practice. The whole plant is antiphlogistic, antipyretic, antitussive and expectorant. An overdose of the plant is said to easily precipitate an abortion. The fruit is aperient, strongly diuretic and lithontripic. It is used internally in the treatment of gravel, suppression of urine etc and is highly recommended in fevers and in gout. The fruit is harvested when fully ripe and can be used fresh, juiced or dried. The calyx should be removed. The leaves and stems are febrifuge and slightly tonic. They are used in the treatment of the malaise that follows malaria, and for weak or anaemic people. The fresh leaves have been used externally in the treatment of skin inflammations. The seed is used to promote early labour. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fruit. It is used in the treatment of prostate, kidney and bladder disorders.
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