A shrubby herb that produces a compound in its roots called ematin that’s an emetic – meaning, it makes you vomit. It’s been used for decades to treat a variety of ailments, including gastrointestinal diseases, diarrhea, and intermittent fevers. “It is [also] employed as an expectorant, in bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, asthma, and mumps,” according to Purdue.
13 amazing medical discoveries from the Amazon
The Amazon Rainforest is home to around 40,000 classified plant species – here are 13 plants, the discovery of which, has helped treat serious medical conditions.
Ipecac (Psychotria ipecacuanha)