References

Lin TJ, et al. (1996) J of Toxicology — Clinical Toxicology 34(1): 87-92. Locher CP, etal. (1995) J Ethnopharmacol 49(1): 23-32. Satyanarayana P, etal. (2001) Fitoter 72(3): 304-306.

Warning: This plant is toxic on account of complex phorbol diterpenoid esters, such as 13-O-myristyl-20-0-acetyl-12-deoxyphorbol, which are known to display Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-activating/tumor-promoting potency (Satyanarayana P et a/., 2001). These irritating substances are most probably responsible for the counter-irritant and laxative property of the plant. Vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhea were observed in school students who accidentally ingested the seeds of Aleurites fordii (Lin TJ et a/., 1996).

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