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common name for the Rubiaceae, a family of chiefly tropical and subtropical trees, shrubs, and herbs, especially abundant in N South America. The family is important economically for several tropical crops, e.g., coffee, quinine, and ipecac, and for many ornamentals, e.g.
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A plant for women. Creeping, non-climbing vine (stays on ground) with paired rounded leaves and paired white fuzzy trumpet-shaped flowers which act as ovaries. Red berries have two small indents and contain up to 8 seeds. Flowers and berries used for menstrual problems and childbirth. Strengthens and relieves congestion of uterus and ovaries, helps prevent miscarriage. Antiseptic for vaginal infections. Calms nerves. Can be used as wash for sore nipples.
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