croton tree

Euphorbiaceae – Euphorbiaceae.

Pharmacy name: croton oil (from seeds) – Crotonis oleum (formerly: Oleum Crotonis).

Botanical description. Small trees or shrubs with alternate leaves and fruits, the seeds of which resemble those of the castor bean. Homeland – tropical Asia; cultivated in West Africa.

Active ingredients: resinous toxic substances (in particular, phorbol ether), which act as a powerful laxative. According to the latest data, they are carcinogenic.

Application. Previously, croton oil was used as a powerful laxative, but is not currently used.

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