Uses: In the Caroline Islands, the leaves are used to invigorate health and to promote venereal desire. In Indonesia, Scaevola taccata (Gaertn.) Roxb. is used to counteract seafood poisoning, and treat diarrhea and beriberi. Rumphius stated that the juice expressed from the berries was instilled by the Amboyans into the eyes, to clear off opacities and take away dimness of vision. In Malaysia, the leaves are used to promote digestion and to assuage headache. In Papua New Guinea, the leaves are used to heal sores. In the Philippines, a decoction of the roots is drunk to treat dysentery and syphilis.

Locher CP, etal. (1995) J Ethnopharmacol 49(1): 23-32. Semple SJ, etal. (1998) J Ethnopharmacol 60(2): 163-172.

Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown

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